Update no 548 17th March 2023

Newsletters Our Regional Improvement Plan for 2022-2023 (July 2022) can be found here Our Impact Report published in March 2023 can be found here If you would like to work for the programme, ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved List. Please address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall (contact details below) Previous updates […]

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

Our Impact Report published in March 2023 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)



Young people and eating disorders


Spurgeons Children’s Charity has created new animated videos about young people and eating disorders. Read the press release “Spurgeons tackles eating disorder myths”

Action Required:

Spurgeons aim to tackle misconceptions around eating disorders and educate professionals on how to support young people with the conditions. The resources provide information on different types of eating disorders, causes, treatments and prevention. Access the Spurgeons family toolkit resources on young people and eating disorders

Reminders From Previous Weeks


Future dates for network meetings

Network dates:

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)

Network dates:

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)

Key Dates:

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

28 March 11-12

30 March 11-12 and 2-3


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.

Key Dates:

Stable Homes Built on Love – DfE webinars

28 March 7-8pm

20 April 12-1pm


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.


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.

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 27 February Spurgeons Children’s Charity published a Family toolkit resources on young people and eating disorders

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

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)