UPDATE NO 518 12 August 2022

Newsletters If you would like to know more about the Programme, click on the main section icons shown above. At SESLIP we are always on the look-out for good ideas that might be better implemented regionally rather than locally. If you have any suggestions, please contact Richard Tyndall, SESLI Programme Manager (details below).  Our Regional […]

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If you would like to know more about the Programme, click on the main section icons shown above.

At SESLIP we are always on the look-out for good ideas that might be better implemented regionally rather than locally. If you have any suggestions, please contact Richard Tyndall, SESLI Programme Manager (details below). 

Our Regional Improvement Plan for 2022-2023 (July 2022) can be found here

If you would like to work for the programme, ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall (contact details below)

UPDATE NO 518 12 August 2022


Pre-proceedings and family justice hub – Research in Practice Toolkit published


On 22 July Research in Practice published an open access resource hub to support family-centred practice and decision-making in pre-proceedings (PLO) and the Family Court, including guidance, practice tools, publications, videos and podcasts.

Action Required:

The pre-proceedings and family justice hub has been developed through the DfE Covid Recovery and Building Back Better funding, in partnership with Essex County Council and the regional leads involved in the project across England.


Home Office response to IICSA report on CSE Organised Networks


On 27 July the Home Office published its response to the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse report on Child sexual exploitation by organised networks

Action Required:

Responses include: a commitment to renew the Child Exploitation Disruption Toolkit; a consideration of the Inquiry’s recommendations on adding detail around the role of the internet in any future update to child sexual exploitation (CSE) guidance; and funding dedicated child sexual abuse and exploitation analysts in every policing region to drive improvement in the collection, analysis and use of data on CSE.

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 30 September Expert Workshop #7: What good looks like for the Lead Member role in improving Childrens Services.  More from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 15 September 10:00am More from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: Wednesday 12 October 11am-12.30pm. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Action Required:

AD EducationFriday 14 October 10:00am. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)

AD Safeguarding: Friday 9 September 10:00am. More from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Wednesday 14 September at 2pm. More from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: Wednesday 19 October 10-11.30am More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

SEND SE19: Wednesday 14 September 2022 12:00 – 13:30 SEND Strategic Conversation: LAs & DfE. More from Sheelagh Sullivan (contact details below)

Early Help: Monday 12 September 1.30pm. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Family Hubs Community of Practice: Youth workshop via Teams Tuesday 13 September 2022 09:20 – 11:30. More from Carly Bain (contact details below) 


New SESLIP MoU issued


In July, SESLIP Steering Group issued a new Memorandum of UnderstandingThis reflects extended agreements on data benchmarking on a national basis. Thanks to Portsmouth for returning the first signed copy, available here.

Action Required:

We ask the Director of Children’s Services, the Chief Executive and the Lead Member for Children’s Services for each authority to sign this document to symbolise the professional, corporate and political commitment to joint working in the interests of promoting better outcomes for children and young people.


ILACS1 inspections completed in the South East


On 29 July the last of 19 ILACS1 inspections in the South East was published. Of the 19, 12 improved one grade, 5 stayed the same, and 2 moved down a grade. The latest tally is 4 outstanding; 6 good; 7 requires improvement; and 2 inadequate.

Action Required:

A fuller analysis, with regional comparisons is available here. ILACS2 has already started and a table of waiting times is available here. The national ranking includes 15 authorities without a published ILACS1 report.

as at 29/7/22SE LA NameLast full inspection type and gradeDays WaitedNational Rank
1 Oxfordshire ILACS1 Good 1565 13
2 Brighton and Hove ILACS1 Good 1481 24
3 East Sussex ILACS1 Outstanding 1474 26
4 Portsmouth ILACS1 Good 1425 28
5 Isle of Wight ILACS1 Good 1348 40
6 Slough ILACS1 Requires Improvement 1285 47

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (July 2022) which will underpin activities while we await publication of the DfE’s reponse to the McAllister Care Review, which is anticipated in Autumn 2023

On 27 July the Home Office published its response to the recommendations of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse report on Child sexual exploitation by organised networks

On 22 July Research in Practice published an open access resource hub to support family-centred practice and decision-making in pre-proceedings

On 19 July, DfE updated its child exploitation disruption toolkit

On 8 July, the HoC Education Select Committee published “Educational Poverty: how children in residential care have been let down and what to do about it”

On 7 July Ofsted published Main findings: children’s social care in England 2022

On 7 July the Local Government Ombudsman published Out of school, out of sight?

On 6 July LGA published a Code of practice for councils responding to civil claims of non-recent Child Sexual Abuse

On 6 July LGA published Form and function: exploring structural change in children’s services

On 5 July DfE published Key Stage 2 attainment 2022 national headlines

On 1 July SESLIP Steering Group approved the Regional Improvement Plan 2022-2023 and the SE19 SEND Regional Improvement Plan 2022-2023.

On 1 July UK Trauma Council published CHILDHOOD TRAUMA, THE BRAIN AND THE SOCIAL WORLD by Prof. Eamon McCrory 

On 30 June DfE published guidance on Schools Causing Concern which will come into force on 1 September 2022

On 30 June DfE published Local authority school places scorecards for 2020/21

On 30 June DfE published updated guidance on virtual school head role extension to children with a social worker

On 29 June LGA released a press statement on the rise in demands on English council’s SEND services. It was based on the latest EHC plan figures published by the DfE and statistics from 2014

On 27 June ICHA published its 2022 State of the Sector report

On 23 June DfE published an updated version of Sustainability in high needs systems Guidance for local authorities 

On 20 June Ofsted launched a consultation on proposals for a new judgement on the experiences and progress of care leavers within the ILACS framework

On 16 June DfE published Special educational needs in England: January 2022

On 9 June DfE published School workforce in England data

On 9 June DfE published Schools, pupils and their characteristics

On 1 June HM Inspectorate of Probation published Effective practice guide Education, training and employment

On 25 May DfE published Local authority established MATs: registration of interest

The Liberty Protection Safeguards and the Draft Code of Practice: Considerations for Consultation briefing from Dr Camilla Parker on 20 May 2022

Senior mental health lead training  guidnace for schools and colleges published by DfE 12 May 2022

Consultation on new education and training approval standards for approved mental capacity professionals published by SWE on 9 May 2022

Contact Details

Data and Information Manager: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


07925 148597

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Helen Watson (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07810 011892

Children’s Services Performance Manager, Convener Of SE Quality Assurance Network: Amanda Meadows (Hampshire)


03707 794752

Service Manager, Early Help, Family Hubs and Supporting Families: Carly Bain (Isle of Wight)


07970 009956

Education Network: Chris Owen (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07825 862330

SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli (Brighton and Hove)


The Staff College Assistant Operations Manager: Ellie Bevis (The Staff College)


0161 729 1065

NHS (SE) CYP mental health: Gavin Lockhart (NHS England (South East))


07879 488307

South East Grid for Learning – Consortium Manager: Krista Pickering (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07872 014083

SESLIP Consultant: Isabelle Gregory (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07931 586784

CSC Workforce, PSW and AD Safeguarding Network Lead: Mark Evans (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07803 147072

Regional Development Manager Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (SE Region): Martin Tuck (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


03707 793651

LGA Corporate Improvement Adviser: Philip (Phil) Simpkins (LGA)


Adoption; Fostering; Kinship and Early Help Regional Networks: Rebecca Eligon (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07944 996219

SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07880 787007

S.E. Region SEND Network Programme Co-ordinator: Sheelagh Sullivan (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)