UPDATE NO 525 30 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 525 30 September 2022


Internships Work


Internships Work is funded by the DfE and it is designed to support more young people with additional needs to have greater choice and control over their future, opening up opportunities that prepare them for adult life and independent living.

The south-east regional contact is Ellen Atkinson 07875 145931 (Ellen is also a SE19 SEND consultant)

Action Required:

The project is designed and delivered by NDTiBASE and DFN Project SEARCH

It is an ambitious three year programme to double the number of young people accessing supported internships and moving into paid jobs.  There will be support from the partners for Local Authorities across the region to further their development, a free training offer and a small grant to support activities.

For more information, contact Ellen Atkinson 07875 145931.


Beyond Boundaries – Early Years Webinar from ISOS and LGA – Monday 10 October 2022 at 14:00


On Monday 10 October 2022 at 14:00 Jodie Reed, Director at Isos Partnership, will be talking through headlines of Beyond Boundaries, her new research on early years integration for London Councils. 

This online webinar is open to all Local Authorities across the country and their partners. Please book here.

Action Required:

The report explores what effective integration across early years services and systems look like and how to get there, drawing on insights from early years leaders, professionals and parents across the capital.  Jodie will talk us through some of the key problems and challenges identified by parents and professionals and 12 common enablers or ‘conditions of success’. These form the basis for a new self-evaluation tool for local authorities and their partners which will be launched shortly. There will be an opportunity to experiment with parts of the tool during the session, and to reflect and ask questions on the national recommendations within the report.

The full report is hereBooking for the webinar is here


Coproduction with Kinship Carers on Wednesday 5 October, from 12-1.30pm via MS Teams


In celebration of Kinship Care Week (3-7 October 2022), SESLIP, supported by the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board, is launching a series of free Lunch and Learn sessions for practitioners and managers working with kinship carers and special guardians.

Please sign up for the first session focused on Coproduction with Kinship Carers on Wednesday 5 October, from 12-1.30pm via MS Teams. Sign up is here

Action Required:

We will be hearing from:

  • Lucy Peake, Chief Executive of Kinship, and a kinship carer on the design of information and support services, featuring kinship carers’ work with local authorities and the development of Kinship Compass, a new digital hub for kinship carers to find advice, information and peer support (launching late 2022)
  • Alex Leslie from TPXImpact and Carole Atkins from Bucks Special Guardians who will explain their approach to coproduction and the new Guardians’ Guide they have co-designed with Special Guardians.

More from Rebecca Eligon contact details below


NICE guidance on Self-harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence


On 7 September NICE published guidelines on Self-harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence [NG225] 

Action Required:

The guidance is aimed at professionals working with people who have self-harmed and people who use self-harm services. It includes information around: carrying out assessments appropriately; and ensuring continuity of care after self-harm.

The 81-page pdf full guidance is here


Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel briefing papers

Action Required:

The panel meets regularly to decide whether to commission national reviews of child safeguarding cases that are notified to it. The panel’s decisions are based on the possibility of identifying improvements from cases which it views as complex or of national importance.


Children’s Services Data Apprenticeships – Cohort 4


Data 2 Insight has opened pre-registration for Cohort 4 of its successful Children’s Services Data Apprenticeships which begins in February 2023. The course is funded by the Apprenticeship Levy. To stay in the loop, complete the “Join our mailing list” form on this page and we’ll make sure to email you when it’s time to apply. If you have questions in the meantime, email Georgina.pym@eastsussex.gov.uk


Action Required:

This is a tailored Level 4 Data Analyst apprenticeship, working with data and questions co-developed by the D2I community and delivered by a professional apprenticeship/training organisation called Corndel. We’ve done a lot of work since the scheme launched in 2020 to refine and adjust based on learner feedback with the intention that the course keeps getting better while continuing to deliver the same core learning goals and help LA colleagues develop industry-standard data analysis skills. Applications will open soon, with a deadline near Christmas for the initial application, so that we can spend January working through enrolment details.


Advanced and Predictive Analytics Network (APAN) showcases Data to Insight on 7 November 2022


APAN‘s next open house will feature three talks all from D2I colleagues on 7 November at 2:00pm. Join the LGA Research and Information Team to listen to examples of data-related projects currently underway in their organisation using advanced and predictive analytics. Book here or email John Foster for an invitation

Action Required:

The speakers will be Alistair Herbert (Data to Insight), Tambe Tabitha (Social Finance), Alastair Lee (East Sussex County Council, SESLIP and the Children’s Services’ National Performance and Information Management Group).

Reminders from previous weeks


Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Friday 2 December. Network Meeting (10-11.45) and Joint Meeting with DCSs (12-1) both via teams. More from Alison Michalska (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Tuesday 13 December 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 December 10:00am. More from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Wednesday 14 December 2:00pm. 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 12 October 2022 12:00 – 13:30 SEND Joint Conversation: LAs, Health, DfE, NHSE/I & NNPCF. More from Sheelagh Sullivan (contact details below)

Early Help: Monday 5 December 11.30am. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Family Hubs Community of Practice: More from Carly Bain (contact details below) 


The GCSE disadvantage gap may not have increased much (if at all) since 2019


On 26 August FFT Education Data Lab published preliminary analysis of 2022 GCSE data from over 1,000 state-funded secondary schools covering 174,000 pupils, roughly a third of the national cohort, and concluded that the GCSE disadvantage gap may not have increased much (if at all) since 2019.

Action Required:

Further blogposts from FFT Education Data Lab are available here on subjects such as:

  • the rate at which pupils have been leaving the state-funded education system
  • the relationship between the latest set of KS2 results and pupil absence
  • the KS2 attainment gap
  • entry numbers for GCSEs in modern foreign languages

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 29 September the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published two papers: The management of bruising in non-mobile infants and Multi-agency safeguarding and domestic abuse.

On 7 September NICE published guidelines on Self-harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence [NG225]

On 7 September CARA and ICENA in collaboration with young survivors in Essex published five animated videos to support professionals working with children and young people to understand the impacts of sexual violence.

On 6 September DfE published National Key stage 2 attainment statistics for 2021-22

On 1 September the Children’s Commissioner published Family and its protective effect: Part 1 of the Independent Family Review

On 1 September DfE published the updated version of Keeping Children Safe in Education 

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

On 26 August FFT Education Data Lab published preliminary analysis of 2022 GCSE data 

On 25 August Research in Practice published Completing social work chronologies: Practice Tool (2022)

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

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)


SESLIP Consultant and LGA SEND Improvement Adviser: Deborah Glassbrook (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07882 158959

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


0161 729 1065

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


07931 586784

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


07872 014083

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)