UPDATE NO 547 10 March 2023

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 547 10 March 2023


Coram Innovation Incubator: Innovation Forum 24 March now booking


The Coram Innovation Incubator is delighted to invite you to the annual CII Innovation Forum which is taking place in-person on the Coram campus in London on Friday 24 March 2023 from 10am-1pm.

Action Required:

The Forum will explore how we can catalyse and embed child-centred innovation in children’s services. To secure your place, please register here for the Coram Innovation Incubator.


Stable Homes Built on Love – DfE webinars


The DfE have organised two webinars to support the consultation on Stable Homes Built on Love. Please register your attendance at your preferred event on Eventbrite. The consultation closes on 11 May.

Action Required:

Tuesday 28 March 2023 at 19:00 to 20:00 or Thursday 20 April 2023 at 12:00 to 13:00 Please register here for the DfE webinars on Stable Home Built of Love.


Children’s Social Care National Framework and Dashboard – Regional and National Webinars


The DfE has organised two regional and one national webinar to support the consultation on CSC National Framework and Dashboard

Children’s Social Care National Framework Consultation Document The consultation closes on 11 May 2023.

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key Dates:

What to expect from Area SEND Inspection


An hour long Youtube video recording of a briefing from Ofsted, DfE, Care Quality Commission and NHS describing what to expect for a local area SEND inspection under the new framework.

Key Dates:

PAC publish Support for Vulnerable Adolescents


On 22 February, the Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report “Support for vulnerable adolescents


The report is critical about the lack of national leadership, coordination and accountability for support for vulnerable young people. The DfE is criticised for lack of action on schools as statutory safeguarding partners and for its lack of systematic learning from serious incident / child death reviews and response to extra-familial harms.

The full “Support for vulnerable adolescents” report is here 

Key Dates:

Future dates for network meetings


Lead Members Group: Wednesday 7 June 4–6.30pm. Expert Workshop #9 SEND: Developments and Difference. More from Deborah Glassbrook (contact details below)

Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board: More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

AD EducationFriday 17 March 10am – midday via Teams. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)


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

QA Network: Monday 27 March 2023 at 2 p.m. More from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

Fostering Network: More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: Wednesday 12 July 2023 More from Alastair Lee (contact details below)

SEND SE19: Wednesday 15 March 2023 12-13:30  SE19 SEND Strategic Conversation: LAs, via Teams. More from Sheelagh Sullivan (contact details below)

Early Help: More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

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 2022

On 11 May the DfE closes two separate consultations: one on their proposed Children’s social care national framework and dashboard; the other on Child and family social worker workforce.

On 20 March DfE closes a consultation on Adoption support agencies: proposed regulation changes

On 22 February, the Commons Public Accounts Committee published a report “Support for vulnerable adolescents

On 20 February The Staff College published Leading for Longer A report on turnover of leadership roles in children’s services.

On 7 February DfE published State of the nation 2022: children and young people’s wellbeing

On 2 February DfE published Stable Homes, Built on Love

On 1 and 2 February DfE published updated national results for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5

On 30 January LGA published SENsational Story and Playa case study from Dorset Library Services.

On 26 January Joseph Rowntree Foundation published UK Poverty 2023: The essential guide to understanding poverty in the UK

On 17 January DfE published Schools commentary: the emerging picture from 2022/23 inspections

On 9 January DfE launched a consultation on Adoption support agencies: proposed regulation changes which closes at 11.45pm on 20 March 2023

On 16 December Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP (Minister for Immigration) announced a new pilot (and new funding) for UASC children

On 15 December DfE published Evaluation of local authority support on children’s social care services

On 15 December DfE published Behavioural insights: increasing uptake of family hub services.

On 7 December NFER published Teacher recruitment and retention in England data dashboard.

On 30 November The Staff College published Just Fair – Leading in Colour

On 28 November NESTA published Mapping early years practice

On 24 November DfE published Applications to mother and baby units in prison: how decisions are made and the role of social work and What Works for Children’s Social Care published A review of the applications to mother and baby units in prisons

On 24 November SESLIP published Inside Out Final Report

On 21 November NFJO published Mothers in recurrent care proceedings: New evidence for England and Wales

On 17 November DfE published Education and training statistics for the UK 2022 and Children looked after in England including adoptions

On 16 November SEND legal advice charity IPSEA and the Howard League for Penal Reform published a briefing paper Education inside penal detention for children in England

On 14 November Ofsted published Best start in life: a research review for early years

On 10 November, Agenda Alliance published Girls Speak: Pushed Out Left Out, final report

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

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

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


07879 488307

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)