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 361 19th July 2019


Complex LAC Project


The Complex LAC Project Team met on 17 July 2019, joined for the first time by Peter Sandiford from the Independent Children's Home Association. The meeting was attended by over 30 people with representatives from 16/19 authorities (and apologies from those who couldn't make it). We now have data from all 19 authorities, have started to engage children and young people and are exploring options for more collaborative commissioning arrangements.  

Action Required

We are now starting to issue authorities with bespoke contributions to sufficiency planning and are working with the provider colleagues to start market shaping. As the project gathers pace and benefits from additional resources we are looking to set up a smaller governance group to enable us to progress things more quickly. Lucy Butler (DCS Oxfordshire, Project Sponsor) will be writing to you shortly setting out the planned changes and asking for volunteers. For more information please contact Mark Evans or Rosemary Perry (details below).


Contact Pages


NEW - following a user request the contact pages now include a full list of both Lead Members and Chief Executives in the region. As usual, if you spot information that is wrong or out of date, please let Isabelle Gregory know (details below).


Independent Review of Peer Challenge Triads


Following the February 2019 round of South East Peer Challenge triads, ADCS have produced an independent review of the process, which is available here. Following recent debates about suggested further improvements highlighted in the report, Isabelle Gregory has sent an email to each DCS  setting out what's changed, and asking for colleagues to opt in or opt out of various options.

Action Required

The Triad Challenges will take place in November. Please contact Isabelle Gregory or Richard Tyndall (details below) if you have any questions. 







25th November


East Sussex



1st November

West Sussex



Quartet 3

11th November


Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Milton Keynes


29th November

Windsor and Maidenhead




15th November

West Berkshire


Brighton and Hove


13th November

Bracknell Forest



Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

Children’s Workforce Network Re-launch


We will be relaunching the network on 30 July 2019 13.00-14.30 (teleconference). We have redesigned the workforce network in light of the findings of a recent survey. The group will focus on: 

  • Identifying innovative solutions to the children workforce challenges experienced in the region
  • Sharing good practice
  • Collaborative working

The agenda will include

  • Recruitment and retention
  • Training and development (including the accreditation agenda)
  • Promoting workforce resilience
  • A regular review of workforce developments and best practice (nationally and internationally)


The meetings are being held bi-monthly  

30 July 2019 13.00-14.30

3 September 2019 13.00-14.30

12 November 13.00-14.30

21 January 2020 9.30-13.00 (face to face meeting at London venue tbc)

The meetings are open to Principal Social Workers, Senior HR officers and others with an interest in the workforce issues. If you would like your authority to be part of the network please contact Mark Evans (details below)

Key dates

South East Social Work Health Check


We are now collecting returns for the South East Social Work Health Check. If you have completed your health check using our methodology and would like your return benchmarked against others please contact Mark Evans (details below). 


The deadline for submissions is 16 August 2019. 

Key dates

DfE Call for Evidence: Children’s homes workforce. Closes 27 August 2019


The DfE have launched a call for evidence on Children's Homes Workforce, and invites views on:

  • establishing professional registration for roles in children’s homes
  • existing approaches to regulating the children’s homes workforce


Responses will inform the DfE’s thinking on where improvements could be made so children in children’s homes receive high-quality care in a safe environment.

The consultation closes on 27 August 2019. Click here for further information

Key dates

Data Tools Survey


This is a project we are undertaking with the Christie Foundation, and Social Finance Digital LabsEast SussexBrighton & Hove and Bracknell Forest are initially involved in this project. We are interested to find out what tools have been created by LAs, what they are used for, and how far they have spread to other LAs. We have a pretty broad definition of 'tools' - anything the sector has created to do analytical or data management tasks and which can be used repeatedly.

Well known examples would be the ChAT, the East Sussex Annex A Child Selector or the Medway LAC 903 Statistics Predictor tool.


We are hoping to find out a bit more about what tools get created, what barriers exist to maintaining and sharing them, and what people might like to see developed in future.

The first steps in this are a survey and colleagues from the What Works Centre and Social Finance have been talking directly to some DCSs. If they get in touch, please take the call and please try to help them help us share better practice across the region.

For more information please contact Alastair Lee (details below).

Tools & Templates

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

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

Children’s Commissioner’s Report on use of Secure Accommodation "Who are they? Where are they?"

Chief Executives' "must know" for Children's Services. Published by LGA, this has been shaped by chief executives who are either former directors of children’s services or for other reasons have been closely associated with leading improvement journeys in council children’s services.

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.

The ‘evidence store’, from the government-funded What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care, so far contains systematic reviews of 11 programmes including family drug and alcohol courts, solution focused brief therapy and kinship care. it can be found here

2019-20 Memorandum of Understanding - Blank available for downloading here

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
SESLIP Education Data Group Lead: Daryl Perilli
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
Rebecca Eligon
07944 996219
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
Adoption and Complex Care Needs Projects: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Tracey Maytas
02392 437680