Update no 582 10th November 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 2023-2024 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)



On 25 October FRG launched its new campaign for care-experienced children and young people

Our campaign aims to ensure all care-experienced children and young people have positive, loving relationships they can rely on into adulthood. 

Care Leavers Week

Lifelong Links, an approach we designed with young people, is proven to build a support network around children and young people. 

We are calling on Government to make Lifelong Links and offer for all children and young people in care, and care leavers, across the UK.

Watch our new film which explains more:

Biggest independent children’s care providers made over £300 million profit

On 29 October LGA published Profit making and Risk in Independent Children’s Social Care Placement Providers.

This the fourth annual report prepared by Andrew Roem of Revolution Consulting for the LGA


This study examines the evidence that is available in relation to the financial performance of the largest independent sector children’s social care provider organisations operating in England.

The biggest independent providers of children’s care in England made profits of more than £300m last year, as concern mounts over the conditions that some children are being placed in and the spiralling costs for councils.Fee income for the 20 largest operators of independent children’s care totalled £1.63bn last year, a 6.5% increase on the previous year. And 19% of that – £310m – was recorded as profit, according to an independent analysis.

Reminders From Previous Weeks


Future dates for network meetings

Network dates:

Lead Members Group: Self-assessment Workshop. Tuesday 5 December 3.00pm – 6.30pm. More from Deborah Glassbrook (contact details below)

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

AD Education: Friday 26 January 2024. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)

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

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

Network dates:

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

QA Network: Monday 11 December 2023 at 2 p.m. Please contact Kim Osbourne at kimesha.osbourne@hants.gov.uk for MS Teams invitation. More from Amanda Meadows (contact details below)

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

Data Benchmarking: More from Luke Ede (contact details below)

SEND SE19: More from Sheelagh Sullivan (contact details below)

Early Help: 7 December 2023 10-11.30am. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Finance Directors Group: Wednesday 29 November, More from Deborah Glassbrook (contact details below)

Commissioners’ Network: More from Chris Baird (contact details below)

Early years foundation stage (EYFS): regulatory changes: Government consultation response

On 27 October DfE published its response to EYFS regualtory change consultation

National Wraparound Childcare Programme

On 27 October DfE published the National Wraparound Childcare Programme Handbook

Child and Family Social Worker Workforce: Government consultation response

On 25 October DfE published its response to the workforce consultation.

Next steps

DfE say they will consult on draft statutory guidance to underpin the national rules in spring 2024. Subject to this consultation, we expect local authorities to comply with that statutory guidance in autumn 2024.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (July 2023)

On 29 October LGA published Profit making and Risk in Independent Children’s Social Care Placement Providers.

On 27 October DfE published the National Wraparound Childcare Programme Handbook

On 27 October DfE published its response to EYFS regualtory change consultation

On 26 October DfE published a consultation on Elective Home Education guidance

On 26 October DfE published statistics on children in need in England,

On 25 October FRG launched its new campaign for care-experienced children and young people

On 25 October DfE published its response to the workforce consultation

On 19 October DfE published statistics on pupil absence for autumn/spring 2022/23; Key Stage 4 performance 2022/23; Participation in education, training and employment age 16 to 18 for 2022; National pupil projections

On 17 October the HoC Education Select Committee published the government’s response to Support for childcare and the early years (HC 969)

On 9 October LGA published A maturing approach to children’s services improvement: updating the key enablers of progress

On 2 October Foundations (What works centre for children and families) published “Understanding the variation in support for Kinship Carers

On 27 September the House of Commons Education Select Committee published its report on Persistent absence and support for disadvantaged pupils

On 26 September CVAA UK published Advice from adopters: Adopting brothers
and sisters

On 21 September Barnardo’s published “Double Discrimination

On 14 September the Information Commissioners’ Office published a 10-step guide on data protection considerations when sharing personal information for child safeguarding purposes

On 8 September Ofsted published Best Start in Life part 2

On 1 September Ofsted announced that it will be undertaking sample thematic inspections of Regional Adoption Agencies during autumn 2023.

On 30 August LGA published Early education and childcare: Changes and challenges for the future

On 29 August Ofsted published guidance for JTAI inspection of the multi-agency response to children affected by serious youth violence.

On 15 August Research in Practice published three open access videos which share findings around the increased use of digital technologies in social work.

On 14 August Ofsted published new guidance Placing Children: Deprivation of Liberty Orders

On 7 August the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee published Connected tech:smart or sinister?

On 3 August Foundations (What works centre for children and families) published an Evaluation of Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

On 26 July DfE published Families first for children (FFC) pathfinder programme and family networks pilot (FNP).

On 26 July the Children’s Commissioner published an invitation to care experienced people to share their views about whether care experience should be a ‘protected characteristic’ – like age, disability or religion currently are.

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

SESLIP Consultant; Commissioners’ Network, SEND Courageous Conversations: Chris Baird (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07855 492010

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 Benchmarking: Luke Ede (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


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)