UPDATE NO 521 02 September 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 521 02 September 2022


Modern Slavery: National Referral Mechanism and Duty to Notify statistics UK, Quarter 2 2022 – April to June

Action Required:

Of the 4,171 referrals, 39% were for children; 44% of these children were referred for criminal exploitation; and this quarter saw both the highest number of individuals claiming exploitation as adults and those claiming exploitation as children since the NRM began.


Homes for Ukraine: welcome guide for Ukrainian children under 18


On 2 August DLUHC published a Welcome Guide addressed to unaccompanied Ukrainian children travelling to UK

Action Required:

It starts, “This guide is for you if you are under 18 and moving from Ukraine to England under the Homes for Ukraine scheme. It will be most helpful to those of you who are not travelling with or to join a parent or legal guardian.”


Behaviour in schools: Advice for headteachers and school staff


On 1 September DfE updated Behaviour in schools Advice for headteachers and school staff. You can also read the DfE’s response to the consultation exercise

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) 


SWE consultation on Readiness for Professional Practice closes 21 September


On 29 June Social Work England launched a consultation on Readiness for Professional Practice which closes on 21 September.

You can view and respond to the consultation here 

Action Required:

SWE are consulting on ‘readiness for professional practice’, guidance that sets out the knowledge, skills, and behaviours they expect student social workers to demonstrate in order to apply to register.  They expect the values, ethics and professional expectations of social work outlined in the professional standards to be embedded across these three areas. It is an initial step in their ambition to assure consistency in outcomes for students qualifying from education and training courses.

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

Closing on 21 September a Social Work England consultation on Readiness for Professional Practice

On 1 September DfE updated Behaviour in schools Advice for headteachers and school staff.

On 16 August The Staff College launched “Schooling for the future”, a series of academic and practical resources that are free to access

On 11 August the Home Office published the National Referral Mechanism and Duty to Notify statistics UK for April to June 2022

On 5 August LGA published a series of 8 case studies looking at health inequalities and children, including one on Cherwell, Oxfordshire 

On 2 August DLUHC published a Welcome Guide addressed to unaccompanied Ukrainian children travelling to UK

On 28 July The Institute of Health Visiting published a quick update and signposting to resources for the raft of policy publications from the Department of Health and Social Care following the enactment of the Health and Care Act 2022

On 28 July DfE published statistics on suspensions and permanent exclusions in 2020/21 academic year

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 18 July Action for Children, Barnados, National Children’s Bureau, The Children’s Society and NSPCC jointly published Stopping the Spiral: Children and young people’s services spending 2010-11 to 2020-21 

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

Contact Details

Data and Information Manager: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


07925 148597

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Alison Michalska (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07920 727626

Head of Sector Led Improvement and Service Development: Sophie Butt (Hampshire)


07736 174934

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) Clinical lead for CYP mental health: Gavin Lockhart (NHS England (South East))


07879 488307

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)