Update no 561 16th June 2023

If you have any news that you would like included in our Friday Update, please contact Richard Tyndall (details below)

Three children playing happily together


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. To view the advert follow the link and choose the “Opportunities” tab then search on reference RFX1000055. Pease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall (contact details below)


Supported Accommodation Regional Community of Practice event

On 20 June, NCB will be hosting a Regional Community of Practice event for Local Authority leads and providers of supported accommodation

South East event 20 June, in person, central London:

The event for the South East region will be held on Tuesday 20 June in central London (Coin Street, 108 Stamford Street, SE1 9NH). The morning (10-12.30) will be for LAs and the afternoon(1-3.30) for providers.

How to join in:

A user guide for how to sign-up for the platform can be downloaded. Further details on how to sign-up for events can be found on the platform. To access the platform please click on this link

If you have any questions about how to use the platform, please contact us on sapp@ncb.org.uk

Reminders From Previous Weeks


Future dates for network meetings

Network dates:

Lead Members Group: Expert Workshop #10 Assurance vs Reassurance – utilising data and audit – October 6th 10.00am – 12.30pm. More from Deborah Glassbrook (contact details below)

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

AD Education: Friday 29th September 2023. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)

Principal Social Workers: More from Mark Evans (contact details below)

Network dates:

AD Safeguarding: Friday 8 September 10:00am. More from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Tuesday 19th September 2023 at 2 p.m via Teams. More from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

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

Data Benchmarking: Wednesday 12 July 2023 More from Luke Ede (contact details below)

SEND SE19: Wednesday 5 July 2023 12:00 – 13:30 via Teams: SE19 SEND Strategic Conversation: LA. More from Sheelagh Sullivan (contact details below)

Early Help: Friday 15 September 2023 9.30-11am. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Kinship Care Network: More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents programme:

On 11 June DHSC published an Evaluation of the Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents programme. A press realease was also published

Over 120,000 alcohol dependent parents live with children:

The project ran in nine local authority areas, three of which are in the south east: Brighton and Hove; Portsmouth and West Sussex.

Recommendations include:

Promoting co-location of adult treatment staff with social care teams;

Designing services specifically targeted at children affected by parental alcohol misuse; and

Improving awareness in frontline staff of the impact of parental conflict and how it is different from domestic abuse.

Looked after children who are not in school:

On 25 May the Children’s Commissioner published Looked after children who are not in school

2.7% of looked after children missing from school (March 2022)

Findings include: of the 50,846 school-age children in care in England in March 2022, 1,363 (2.7%) were missing from school; and unaccompanied children seeking asylum, male children, older children, children with special educational needs, and children without stable care placements were disproportionately more likely to not be in school.

Recommendations include:

  • Increasing support for children in need to access education;
  • Updating and expanding Pupil Premium Plus ;
  • Ensuring that the education that children receive is high quality and safe;
  • Supporting children with particular vulnerabilities to thrive in school;
  • Ensuring children do not miss out on school; and,
  • Increasing accountability and collaboration across the system so vulnerable children are safe and


Education recovery in schools in England:

On 7 June the Committee of Public Accounts published a report on Education recovery in schools in England

The leagacy of the pandemic will be with us for a long time

It says, “Without the DfE taking faster and more effective recovery action, the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for a long time, damaging the prospects of a generation of children and entrenching disadvantage

Recommendations include:

  • a plan to reduce the disadvantage gap as quickly as possible
  • targeted action to reduce absence rates among disadvantaged pupils
  • increase participation in the National Tutoring Programme, and increase monitoring of the spend under this programme
  • publish targets for progress and attainment through to 2030


Fostering Recruitment and Retention programme:

On 26 May DfE cirulated the Application Guide for the Fostering Recruitment and Retention programme.

The goal of the programme is:

To deliver end-to-end improvements in fostering, addressing key known weak points in the approval and application process, whilst including a significant retention programme. This work will be done on a regional basis.

Expressions of interest invited:

First stage expressions of interested are invited by the closing date of 30 June 2023.

In the south east, the Fostering group is co-ordinating our regional response. For more informetion please contact SESLIP consultant Rebecca Eligon 07944-996219

NHS South East CYP Workforce Summit:

On 27 June the NHS SE Mental Health Clinical Delivery Team will be holding an all-day face-to-face event in London

Tuesday 27 June 10-4, London:

The aim is to identify key high impact actions we need to take in the SE to ensure that the future CYP workforce has the right skills competencies and values to meet population mental health need.

Keynote speakers:

Kate Pye; Deputy Director of the Children’s Transformation Programme NHSE and Jane Hadfield, National Lead for Talent for Care and NHS Apprenticeships, Workforce Training and Education NHSE

To confirm your place, please complete the Eventbrite link.

Practical tools to support young children’s emotional regulation:

The LGA is organising a webinar on Thursday 22 June 14:00-15:30


Emotional self-regulation includes being able to calm down when experiencing strong emotions and once calm, being able to choose the best course of action. Young children are still developing these skills, so they benefit from adult support through modelling and coaching

Further details:

Speaker: Professor Sara Baker , Lecturer and researcher at Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development and Learning. Cambridge University

Booking via eventbrite here

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 June DHSC published an Evaluation of the Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents programme

On 26 May DfE cirulated the Application Guide for the Fostering Recruitment and Retention programme.

On 25 May the Childrens Commissioner published Looked after children who are not in school

On 25 May the House of Lords Public Servicers Committee published A response to the Children’s Social Care Implementation Strategy

On 25 May DfE published new guidance: Suspension and Permanent Exclusion from maintained schools, academies and pupil referral units in England, including pupil movement

On 18 May NFJO published Ethnicity of children in care and supervision proceedings in England

On 18 May DfE published statistics on children accommodated in secure children’s homes for March 2023

On 17 May The Staff College published Just Home – evertything starts with heart, hope and a home.

On 16 May DfE published new guidance: Area SEND inspections: support and challenge following inspection

On 15 May DfE published 9 updated ‘Safety Valve’ agreements

On 11 May The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health published analysis of NHS England’s RTT dataset  for ‘other paediatrics’

On 26 April the House of Commons Education Select Committee published its report on The future of post-16 qualifications

On 25 April Become published Gone Too Far as part of its new campaign to keep children in care close to the people and places that matter to them

On 25 April DfE updated the statistics on suspensions and permanent exclusions across state-funded schools up to spring term 2022

On 20 April the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published a national safeguarding practice review into safeguarding children with disabilities and complex needs in residential settings.

On 20 April UNICEF UK and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research on Play in Education, Development & Learning (PEDAL) published Understanding and supporting mental health in infancy and early childhood.

On 12 April DfE updated the report for the year ending 31 March 2022 for children in social care.

On 5 April DfE updated the Information for Applicants to the Trust Establishment and Growth Fund.

On 31 March DfE published revised Inspector’s Hanbook for Further Education and Skills; and a revised “operational note” for Ofsted inspectors who are carrying out summary evaluations of multi-academy trusts (MATs),

Contact Details

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

Data and Information Manager: Luke Ede (East Sussex)


07925 148597

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


07803 147072

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)