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. Our Regional Improvement Plan for 2019-20 can be found here.

UPDATE NO 369 13th September 2019


SEND SE19 - Calendar of Events


The SEND SE19 group has published its calendar of events for autumn and winter 2019-20

There is a full programme of events, seminars, working groups, conferences and training sessions covering the groups workstreams:

Strategic Co-Production for Commissioning Group: A forum for local authorities and parent/carer representatives to support co-production and participation in commissioning service provision for the local offer.

SE19 Post 16/Preparing for Adulthood Working Group: A network of the LA post-16 leads and education providers working together to improved outcomes for chidlren 16-25, supported by National Development Team for Inclusion.

SE19 DCO/DMO Network: A network of all Designated Clinical Officers and Designated Medical Officers, supported by NHS England SE Region SEND Programme Leads. 

Action Required

These events include:

SEND Data Benchmarking Group; DCO/DMO Group; Post-16/PfA Group: Local Offer Peer Review; SEND Regional Co-ordinators National Network Meeting; Strategic Co-production for Commissioning Group; SEND Decision Making & the Law among other activities

For more details visit the SEND SE19 pages or contact Tracey Maytas (contact details below)

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

Welcome to Alison Michalska, new LGA Children’s Improvement Advisor – South East


The Local Government Association has awarded the contract for the South East Children’s Improvement Advisor to Alison Michalska. Alison is a hugely experienced leader and is currently the DCS, DASS and Deputy Chief Executive for Nottingham City Council. In addition, Alison has also recently been President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and plays an influential role in working with key agencies and organisations in the development of national policy. 


Alison is retiring from Nottingham City Council and begins her LGA contract on 1 October 2019. She is looking forward to working with councils across the South East to support their aspirations and plans for sector led improvement in children’s services.

Tools & Templates

We have produced a Regional Improvement Plan which will underpin activities in 2019-20.

Children’s Commissioner Report on Homeless Children

The Good Childhood Report 2019 (The Children Society)

What Works Centre Updates - Trauma-informed models in out-of-home care

Nuffield Foundation Review of Special Guardianship published 2 August 2019

Interim results from Devolved Budgets pilots (What Works Centre) published 15 August 2019

A report by the Department for Education, Evaluation of regional adoption agencies

NCH Campaign for National Childhood Strategy

Children’s Commissioner Report on Childhood Vulnerability

Missing People has published research into the value of the return home interview (RHI).

What Works for Children’s Social Care: Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) Review

Changes to compensation arrangements for survivors of violent crime

The DfE Review of Children in Need is here.

National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS): toolkit and examples of practice simulationsList of early adopter sites includes Hampshire and West Berks in the South East.

The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme led by Research in Practice with The Children’s Society and University of Bedfordshire is appointed by the DfE to deliver a programme to tackle child exploitation. Over the next three years, every local authority area will be able to apply for ‘Bespoke Support’.  More information here and here

Children and young people’s advocacy in England - a report by the Children’s Commissioner

LGA's Early Help Resource Pack, with contributions from Early Intervention Foundation is for councillors to better understand their own local offer. 

The recent AD Safeguarding Network meeting highlighted the following links: 

New service models (e.g. Family Safeguarding, No wrong front door etc) Family Safeguarding HertfordshireNo Wrong Door EvaluationSocial Care Commentary on Using Models of PracticeOfsted Checklist for Implementing Models

Reunification: Reunification Guidance NSPCCReunification Implementation NSPCCReunification Leeds CC

Unexplained pupil exits from schools: A growing problem? The Education Policy Institute (EPI) has published the most comprehensive analysis to date  using over a decade’s worth of Department for Education data. DfE's Elective Home Education guidance for local authorities was updated on 2 April. Ofsted has published detailed figures revealing the scale of the problem with suspected illegal schools in England.

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

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

SESLIP Contact Details

Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468
Education Network: Alison Rendle
07972 333229
SE DCS Peer Challenge: Anna Wright
07415 099245
Education Inclusion: Chris Owen
07825 862330
SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli
Improving Audit Quality; SW Models: Diane Williamson
07970 328049
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784
CSC Workforce and Complex Care Needs Projects: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Adoption and SG Leadership; In-house Fostering: Rebecca Eligon
07944 996219
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
Complex Care Needs Projects: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Tracey Maytas
02392 437680