About Us

The South East Sector Led Improvement Programme (SESLIP) is a membership group of all single/upper-tier local authorities in the South East that aims to:

  • improve outcomes for children and young people across the South East
  • establish a culture of honest and constructive dialogue and challenge within and between authorities
  • demonstrate the capacity and capability of the sector to achieve a coherent and consistent self-improving system

We believe good children’s services are a product of reflective practice, professional supervision/peer challenge, effective leadership and independent audit.

SESLIP is founded on a Memorandum of Understanding which has been agreed nationally and in the South East. East Sussex County Council acts as the lead authority and also Chairs the Programme Steering Group

Additionally, participating authorities have each signed a tailored Memorandum of Understanding to support the SE children’s sector-led improvement programme. 



SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved List now open

ESCC has advertised the SESLIP Freelance Consultant Approved ListPlease address all enquiries about this opportunity to Richard Tyndall, Programme Manager

News and Updates 13th May 2022

Aspirant DCS Programme NOW BOOKING

The Staff College, Institute of Public Care, Skills for Care, and GatenbySanderson – supported by DfE - invite applications for the upon Aspirant Directors Programme. Applications close 13 June 2022

Social Work England - Consultation on new education and training approval standards for approved mental capacity professionals

On 9 May, Social Work England published a consultation on new education and training approval standards for approved mental capacity professionals. This consultation relates to the role of the approved mental capacity professional (AMCP), the successor qualification to best interests assessor, which is being consulted on in the DHSC’s consultation on Liberty Protection Safeguards.

The Relationship Between Poverty and Child Abuse and Neglect: New Evidence

On 31 March Paul Bywaters and Guy Skinner (and others, University of Huddersfield) published The Relationship Between Poverty and Child Abuse and Neglect: New Evidence

Fostering Network report shows allegations process is failing both children in care and foster carers

On 27 April The Fostering Network published State of the Nation's Foster Care 2021. It includes two thematic reports, one on the status of foster carers and the other on the allegation process in foster care.


Commission on Young Lives publishes 'All Together Now: Inclusion not exclusion - supporting all young people to succeed in school'.

On 29 April the Commission on Young Lives published 'All Together Now: Inclusion not exclusion - supporting all young people to succeed in school'. 

What we do

Working with our partners the LGA, ADCS and Solace, SESLIP encourages and supports the political and professional leadership and management of local authority children's services to demonstrate, develop and share good practice. Our programmes support the development of children's services as learning organisations, focusing on:

  • identifying key strands of enquiry
  • analysing and comparing operational data about the services
  • using evidence to inform decisions, including evidence available from outside the region, where relevant
  • using peer challenge and peer review
  • building leadership capacity and capability, and
  • developing standards of practice through supportive endeavour

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which sets out the activities. Its aim is to identify ways in which local authorities in the South East can support each other to improve and look at how collective action can help address systemic issues within the region.

The purpose of this website

The primary purpose of this website is to provide information and updates on the programme to staff of the 19 contributing authorities and to make this accessible to anyone who does business with them or an interest in improving Children’s Services.

The ‘latest news’ page gives a snapshot of current activity and is updated weekly.

Contact details for people leading the initiatives on behalf of the SESLIP are provided on the relevant pages or you can contact the Programme Manager, Richard Tyndall: Email: richard.tyndall@richardtyndall.co.uk Phone: 07880 787007


Upcoming events

  • SE19 SEND Network: Green Paper meeting with DfE

    Date: 17 May 2022
    Time: 14:30 - 16:00

  • Preparing for Adulthood Forum

    MS Teams

    Date: 18 May 2022
    Time: 13:30 - 15:30

  • SE ADCS (DCS Only, Face to Face)

    More details from Lucy Butler (DCS, West Sussex)

    Date: 20 May 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 13:00

  • Reducing Court Backlogs Cohort 2 Module 3

    Cohort 1: 11 May (Modules 1 am and 2 pm) and 25 May (Module 3 am)

    Book here or email: sectorled@hants.gov.uk 

    on line

    Date: 25 May 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 12:30

Our partners

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS) is the national leadership association in England for statutory directors of children’s services and their senior management teams.

The LGA is a politically-led, cross-party organisation that works on behalf of councils to ensure local government has a strong, credible voice with national government.

Solace (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers) is the representative body for senior strategic managers working in the public sector.