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 28th January 2022

upon Inspiring Leaders Aspirant DCS Programme

upon Inspiring Leaders have announced the invitation to apply to the Aspirant Directors Programme. It will run from September 2022 to March 2023.

RC Psych Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The RCPsych Faculty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is organising an online one-day conference "Creativity in Crisis; developing integrated and holistic pathways of care" on Tuesday 1 February

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

  • Take Your Place - Day 2 - Black and Asian Leaders

    Black and Asian Leaders 27&28 January and 4 May 2022

    We are pleased to have developed a partnership with The Staff College to deliver this programme and join with them in their mission to unite, engage, empower and elevate current and prospective BAME leaders. By raising awareness of challenges and to providing support to help overcome negative experiences.

    Programme details here

    More information is here, or contact Mark Evans 

    Virtual conference

    Date: 28 January 2022

  • Triad 5 Peer Challenge (Brighton and Hove, West Berkshire, Windsor and Maidenhead) Day 2

    Date: 31 January 2022
    Time: 09:00 - 16:30

  • Triad 4 Peer Challenge (Bracknell Forest, Medway, Milton Keynes)

    Date: 31 January 2022
    Time: 09:00 - 11:30

  • Lead Members Expert Workshop #5: Mental Health Services for Children and Young People

    Dr Gavin Lockhart says:

    This workshop aims to orientate Lead Membercolleagues to the landscape around children and young people’s mental health –policy, strategic priorities, architecture, funding flows – and to consider theroles of the NHS and Local Authorities, critical importance of integratedstrategic planning and working, and reflect on implications for the supportiverole Lead Members may play in their local systems.

    Teams link from Richard Tyndall

    Date: 04 February 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 12:00

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.