Update no 616 5th July 2024

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


NSPCC online conference 18 July 2024

On Thursday 18 July, 10 – 11am, NSPCC is holding an online conference Developing your local response to Child Sexual Abuse


The NSPCC is hosting an hour online session for strategic leads and commissioners to explore how we can strengthen the multiagency response to prevent and help children and families to recover from the impact of child sexual abuse.  This work is made possible thanks to the support of the Home Office’s Support for Victims and Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse fund.

The session will feature:

  • The prevalence of CSA and its impact
  • Recognised need and opportunities – presented by the Home Office
  • CSA Systemwide Snapshot offer for local multiagency teams (some funding available)
  • Impact of the CSA Systemwide Snapshot – presented by Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Partnership

Upskill yourself in Data Analytics

Data 2 Insight is promoting another cohort of the Children’s Services Data Analyst L4 apprenticeship, delivered by Corndel.

D2I hope that by providing more notice, and a longer application period, they can avoid the rush that some colleagues have had to prepare an application, and work around any summer absences which may be a factor. You can email georgina.pym@eastsussex.gov.uk if you’d like to register for either briefing session right now.

Applications open Friday 5 July

Applications open: 5 July 2024

Briefing session for potential applicants and/or managers: 11 July 2024

Briefing session for potential applicants and/or managers: 18 July 2024

Applications close: 13 September 2024

Learning commences: 31 October 2024

NNDHP Annual Conference 24 September 2024

On Tuesday 24 September, NNDHP is organising a national conference “Teachers and Social Workers, Nurses and Doctors, Police Officers and Leaders -It Takes a Village


The conference has an excellent multi-agency lineup of speakers, including Sir Alan Wood (keynote speaker), and Professor Don Forrester from the school of social sciences at Cardiff University.

Please forward to social care colleagues and partners and the designated nurses and doctors in your safeguarding partnership

Reminders From Previous Weeks


Future dates for network meetings

Network dates:

Lead Members Group: next meeting Friday 26 July 10am. More from Deborah Glassbrook (contact details below)

Adoption Leadership Board: 2:00-3:30 Wedenesday 17 July 2024. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

AD Education: 10:00am Friday 27 September 2024. More from Chris Owen (contact details below)

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

Kinship Care Network: 2:00-3:30 Tuesday 16 July. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below) Conference Save the Date 8 July 2024

Commissioners’ Network: 1pm Friday 19 July via Teams. More from Chris Baird (contact details below)

Network dates:

AD Safeguarding: Friday 6 September. More from Mark Evans (contact details below)

QA Network: Tuesday 16 September 2024. More from Kevin Kasaven (contact details below) Contact Sian.fearn@kent.gov.uk for a Teams link.

Fostering Network: 10:00-11:30 Thursday 12 September. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

Data Benchmarking: 10:00am Thursday 12 September. SEND Data Benchmarking Thursday 5 December 10am. More from Luke Ede (contact details below)

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

Early Help: 10:30-12:00 Monday 16 September. More from Rebecca Eligon (contact details below)

BBC Money Box Live

Care leavers and how they manage their money

On 26 June the BBC radio programme Money Box Live broadcast a 30-minute programme on Care leavers and how they manage their money

In this programme Felicity Hannah talks about what happens when you leave care. Without the bank of Mum and Dad, what financial support are those young people promised?


Around 38,000 children move into care every year in the UK. That’s one every 15 minutes and a significant number of looked-after children will remain in the system until they reach adulthood. So what happens then?

We’re joined by Jess and Callum, two care leavers as well as Kirsty Doull, of CELCIS, Carrie Wilson-Harrop of Care Leavers Association and Clare Bracey of Become.

Academic year 2023/24: special educational needs in England

On 20 June DfE published SEND pupil census information, based on school census data.


Over 1.6 million pupils in England have special educational needs (SEN)

An increase of 101,000 from 2023. This includes the number of pupils with an education, health and care (EHC) plan and the number of pupils with SEN support, both of which continue a trend of increases since 2016.

The impact of hardship on primary schools and primary and community healthcare

On 17 June Joseph Rowntree Foundation published The impact of hardship on primary schools and primary and community healthcare


  • On average, primary school staff estimate 48% of their pupils had experienced hardship at some point since the start of the school year; and primary and community healthcare staff estimated 57% of their patients had experienced hardship at some point over the last 12 months.
  • 9 in 10 staff say that pupils or patients experiencing hardship has an impact on them as staff, their colleagues or the wider organisation they work for.
  • 7 in 10 say supporting pupils or patients experiencing hardship is a challenge where they work; of those who say hardship is a challenge, two thirds say it makes it harder for them to do their job well.

SESLIP Kinship Care Conference – booking now open

SESLIP Kinship Care Conference Monday 8 July, Reigate

Book your place here

Save the Date – Monday 8 July 2024

We would love you and colleagues to come to our first in-person regional conference on Kinship Care.

 The speakers are now all confirmed and the eventbrite is open for registration for our regional kinship care conference, the first event to be held in person. You need to secure your ticket via eventbrite to guarantee entry.  

Click to sign up here: South East regional kinship care conference Tickets, Mon 8 Jul 2024 at 09:00 | Eventbrite

Please forward to colleagues who may be interested in attending. For further information contact rebeccaeligon@gmail.com

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan (June 2024)

On 26 June the BBC radio programme Money Box Live broadcast a 30-minute programme on Care leavers and how they manage their money

On 20 June DfE published SEND pupil census information, based on school census data.

On 17 June Joseph Rowntree Foundation published The impact of hardship on primary schools and primary and community healthcare

On 13 June The Fostering Network launched the 2024 State of the Nations’ Foster Care survey and it remains open until 30 June.

On 13 June DfE published Education and Health Care Plans 2024

On 6 June DfE published Schools, pupils and their characteristics 2023-2024

On 5 June Mr Justice Chamberlain published his final decision in the long running JR case involving ECPAT UK, Kent, Brighton and Hove and the Home Secretary and the Education Secratary. Neutral Citation Number: [2024] EWHC 1353 (Admin).On 24 May the Childrens’ Commissioner published Children’s experiences as victims of crime

On 21 May Data 2 Insight published Children’s Social Care for Data People, an overview of the system, stakeholders, common local practice, and necessary
knowledge for data professionals working in Children’s Social Care

On 15 May the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel published Safeguarding Children in Elective Home Education

On 13 May DfE published Agency child and family social workers: data return and price caps

On 10 May the Children’s Commissioner published An Alternative Route: Post-16 support for young people attending Alternative Provision

On 9 May DfE launched a consultation on proposals to strengthen protections for children in unregistered alternative provision settings. Closing date is Friday 5 July

On 25 April the House of Commons Education Select Committee published the government’s response on Ofsted’s work with schools

On 18 April the DfE published 2022-2023 data on suspensions and permanent exclusions from schools in England

On 21 March DfE published School Capacity Data for 2022-2023

On 21 March DfE published pupil absence data for 2022-2023

On 21 March DfE published four new safety valve agreement

On 19 March LGA published Must Know: The role of a council leader in imporoving outcomes for children

On 7 March DfE published Maintained Schools Governance Guide and Academy Trust Governance Guide

On 5 March the Childrens’ Commissioner published Children on child in need plans

On 29 February DfE published annual data for Children’s social work workforce 2022-2023

On 29 February Ofsted published Social care common inspection framework (SCCIF): supported accommodation for looked after children and care leavers aged 16 and 17. Ofsted also published a report on the responses to the consultation on our inspection proposals

On 29 February the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse published Child sexual abuse in 2022/23: Trends in official data

On 20 February the Children’s Commissioner published Lost in transition? The destinations of children
who leave the state education system

On 20 February LGC released a podcast: The crisis in children’s services with Louise Gittins, Josh MacAlister, and Andy Smith

Contact Details

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

NHS (SE) Clinical lead for CYP mental health: Cindy Mukombegumi (NHS England (South East))


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

LGA Children’s Improvement Adviser: Helen Watson (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)


07810 011892

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


07931 586784

Director of Children’s Countywide Services and convenor of QA network for SESLIP: Kevin Kasaven (Kent)


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

Regional Strategic Lead LA Fostering South East: Natasha Sampson (Local Authority Fostering South East)


07919 217185

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)