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 17th June 2022

Mental Capacity Act for 16 and 17 year olds - 11 October 2022

Health Education England and Greater Manachester and the North West 16 and 17 years old MCA Health Project have organised a Webinar on Tuesday 11 October 9-1pm.

Consultation on new Inspection Framework for SEND provision

On 13 June, Ofsted and CQC launched consultation on new inspection framework for SEND provision

Effective practice guide Education, training and employment

On 1 June, HM Inspectorate of Probation published Effective practice guide Education, training and employment

Learning Disability England - call for examples

Samantha Clark, Chief Executive of Learning Disability England writes,

We are doing a small piece of work with DHSC as part of our work as a Health and Wellbeing Alliance to help identify what positive or useful methods, services or systems support people with learning disabilities, autistic people and their families get, understand use information about social care or support. Please see our Call for Examples for further details. There is a brief form here to contribute local examples (max 5 min to fill in).

Local authority established MATs: registration of interest

On 25 May DfE published Local authority established MATs: registration of interest, which closes on 31 July 2022. 

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

  • SESLIP Steering Group

    Date: 01 July 2022
    Time: 13:00 - 14:30

  • SE Data Benchmarking Network

    Date: 12 July 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 12:00

  • SE19 SEND Network: Co-production Conference: Embedding Resilience in Strategic Co-production

    Date: 12 July 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 13:00

  • Fostering Network

    Please see the Fostering Network page  for more information and the contact details of the Coordinator. 

    MS Teams

    Date: 13 July 2022
    Time: 10:00 - 11:30

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.