A brief summary of the main headlines and highlights for this week are shown below. Any tools, templates or documents needed for the actions required are provided here also. If you would like to know more about these workstreams or the others in the Programme, click on the main section icons shown above. At SESLIP we are always on the look-out for good ideas that might be better implemented regionally rather than locally. If you have any suggestions, please contact Richard Tyndall, SESLI Programme Manager.

UPDATE NO 293 16th March 2018


SESLIP Consultants List 2018-2021


We are refreshing the SESLIP list of suitably qualified freelance consultants who are available on an “as and when” basis to support one or more of the activities of the programme.

Please will you draw this opportunity to the attention of any contacts you think may be interested in joining the SESLIP consultancy team.

Action Required

In order to be considered applicants must register at the SE Shared Services e-Sourcing Portal and respond to advertisement ESCC – 019165. 

The return date for applications is 20 March 2018.

Please direct all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall, Programme Manager (contact details below).


SE DCS Peer Challenge 2018


Planning is underway for 4 Director's Peer Challenges in 2018. The confirmed participants and dates are in bold on the accompanying chart. Nominations are invited to join the visiting team to Oxfordshire in July, names to Richard Tyndall in the first instance please. For more details please go to the SE ADCS Peer Challenge page. Colleagues requiring a more detailed briefing should contact Anna Wright (details below).

The 2018 MoU is now available for particpants to download, sign and return. Thanks to Bracknell Forest for returning a signed MoU.

Action Required

Triad Host Visitor Observer Challenge Session Date Fieldwork Date
1 Oxfordshire  Milton Keynes Portsmouth  to be arranged 23 & 24 July 2018
2 West Berkshire Southampton East Sussex to be arranged to be arranged
3 Hampshire Windsor and Maidenhead Brighton and Hove to be arranged October 2018 tbc
4 West Sussex Kent Bracknell Forest  to be arranged October 2018 tbc


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


A consultation document has been published seeking views on the nature and shape of the 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements. These proposals arise as a response to the DfE's Regional Alliance programme.

Action Required

The consultation document is available here. The deadline for responses is Friday 30 March 2018, which should be sent to Richard Tyndall (details below). If you have any questions please contact Richard Tyndall or Anna Wright (details below).

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

Home Office: Trusted Relationships Fund


The Home Office has launched (on 25 February) a £13 million fund to help foster relationships between frontline professionals and young people at risk of sexual exploitation.

The Trusted Relationships Fund will invite local authorities to apply for funding to run projects aimed at fostering relationships between frontline staff and at-risk children. Through the fund, local authorities are encouraged to work with local partners to improve the way professionals, including social workers, youth workers, police and voluntary sector practitioners, work together to support vulnerable young people.

Key dates

Leadership Development


We continue to offer our successful portfolio of Leadership Development Courses all of which have been positively evaluated by delegates.

We are offering LAs the opportunity to train their own trainers for all our courses. Our aim is to increase the capacity and capability across the region  to ensure future sustainability within LAs. Courses can also be delivered with adult services and/or for schools. Please contact Di Smith, details below, if this is of interest to you


All courses are run in-house in the LA who provides the venue. Each course is accompanied by a range of training resources for the delegates including a comprehensive handbook. The current courses on offer are as follows and details of each course and the costs for each can be found by downloading the April 2016 Leadership Development Prospectus

Coaching to Improve Performance

Embedding a Coaching Culture

Leading Change in Times of Austerity

Step Up to Leadership   

We can also arrange one-to-one coaching, especially to support newly appointed 2nd and 3rd tier managers

If you require further details or wish to book a course please get in touch with Di Smith (contact details below)

Tools & Templates

The LGA has launched a campaign "Bright Futures - A call to properly fund the services that change children’s lives."

The campaign features a local case study Delivering children’s services differently – Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

'Transforming the mental health services for children who have been abused', a report which examines the extent to which Clinical Commissioning Groups in England are taking into account the particular needs of children and young people who have been abused and neglected when planning local mental health services. 

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

SEND19 Calendar of Events October 17 - March 2018

SEND Inspection Preparation: Self Evaluation Framework Peer Review Guidance

The MoC area of the Seslip website now includes the latest versions of key documents, including the:

For further infomation on refugees and unaccompanied children visit: LGA - National or SECouncils - Regional

Local area SEND inspection outcome letters

UKCCIS has released some key questions for Governors.

UK Safer Internet Centre checklist

SESLIP Contact Details

Adoption Project/Efficiency Project: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Tracey Maytas
02392 437680
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
Leadership Development : Di Smith
07960 513474
SE DCS Peer Challenge: Anna Wright
07415 099245
Children's Social Care Workforce Project: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468