Silver Linings Project

Delivery of Children’s Services (in schools, in early help and in social care) during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Two young girls, bending down and playing with stones in the edge of a puddle

The Covid-19 pandemic lockdown and subsequent adjustments to find Covid-secure ways of working have driven new thinking about ways to deliver Children’s Services, in schools, in early help and in children’s social care.

The aim of the Silver Linings project was to capture and publicise the best of these innovative responses, in an attempt to embed these new and better ways or working into the “new normal”.

This final set of case studies showcase the remarkable resilience and innovation shown by those working in children’s services across the South East.

We are aware that these 16 studies merely provide a snapshot of what has already been achieved by our colleagues as they continue to cope with the challenges of dealing with this global pandemic.

We publish the case studies on a “take-it-or-leave-it” basis; with no selection and no endorsement of them.

Silver Linings Case Studies

You can download the full report from the link in the Governance & Reports section below, or quickly access each case study by topic/ local authority using this list…

1CSC Demand ModellingEast Sussex CCAlastair Lee
Alistair Herbert
2Education of vulnerable childrenHampshire and IOWAlison Smailes
3Flexible and agile working for staffHampshire and IOWAlison Smailes
4Fostering and Adoption Virtual PanelsHampshire and IOWAlison Smailes
5Hybrid Child protection conferencesHampshire and IOWAlison Smailes
6Strategic Partnership EngagementHampshire and IOWAlison Smailes
7Use of virtual meetings and visits with children, young people and familiesHampshire and IOWAlison Smailes
8Digital LearningPortsmouthMike Stoneman
9Link CoordinatorsPortsmouthHayden Ginns
10You’ve got a friend … Buddy HeadsReadingKate Reynolds
11City-wide joint messagingSouthampton CCColdagh Freeston
12Strategic Promoting Attendance GroupSurrey CCSandra Morrison
Mark Keiller
13Local Education System: stronger partnerships, communication and mutual support.West BerkshireIan Pearson
14Rapid Response Working GroupsWest SussexSusan Tanner
15Managing my Child’s AnxietyWindsor and MaidenheadRebecca Askew
Christine Thomas
16Wellbeing for Education Return – TrainingWindsor and MaidenheadRebecca Askew
Christine Thomas

Governance & Reports

The 2021 SESLIP Silver Linings Report featuring 16 case studies from around the region was launched on 26 February 2021.

If you want to access individual case studies, please refer to the table below and left.

All enquiries to Richard Tyndall (see contact details below)

Many thanks to Kate Vogelsang of Birdsong Consultancy for turning these good news stories into a finished report.

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Contact Details

SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall (South East Sector-Led Improvement Programme)

07880 787007