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 353 24th May 2019


National Stability Forum (NSF) Meeting in Oxford 24th June 11.30-15.30 County Hall Oxford


The NSF have decided to hold their next meeting in Oxford as part of an initiative to get out in to local authorities and also to hear about our SESLIP Complex LAC project. The NSF has been established with the aim of improving stability for all children in the orbit of the care system, leading to better outcomes for those children and to more children finding ‘a permanence in their care and sense of belonging, which lasts well beyond the age of majority.’ It is a relatively new body which has Indra Morris, Isabel Trowler, Alan Woods, President of ADCS and others among its membership. 

Action Required

The meeting will be held on Monday 24 June 11.30-15.30 at County Hall in Oxford. The agenda for the meeting will include a substantial item on the Complex LAC project alongside showcasing work going on in Oxfordshire and input from provider colleagues. We would like to extend an invitation to a couple of DCSs to attend the meeting to support the presentation in relation to the regional Complex LAC project. If you would like to attend please contact Lucy.Butler@Oxfordshire.gov.uk.

For more information about the regional Complex LAC project, please contact mark Evans or Rosemary Perry (details below). We have also posted the recent DfE grant application on the DCS restricted part of this web site. 




The regional network for special educational needs and disability, SE19, programme for 2019-20 is now available here. The extensive and complicated SEND SE19 Network Diagram is here, and the map showing our coverage of health conacts by local authority is here.

Action Required

The work of the group is sponsored by Kevin McDaniels (DCS Windsor and Maidenhead) and supported by Tracey Maytas (contact details below).


AD Safeguarding Network - next meeting Friday 7 June


The next meeting of the AD Safeguarding Network will be held in London on Friday 7 June. For more details please contact Mark Evans (see below). The agenda will include: 

  • New service models (e.g. Family Safeguarding, No wrong front door etc)
  • Working with partners in challenging areas (e.g. SEND agenda and JTAIs)
  • Reunification
  • CP Inspection of Local Police Forces
  • Succession Planning for Children’s Services
  • LAC Project Update

Action Required

The meeting will be attended by Mac Heath (DCS Milton Keynes) who has recently agreed to be the DCS Sponsor for the work of this group.

Future meetings are planned for 6th September 2019; 6th December 2019 (joint with East of England); 6th March 2020

Please contact Mark Evans (details below) for more information 


Outcomes for children looked after by local authorities in England, 31 March 2018


This is a new report from the DfE that includes information on outcomes for children have left care through adoption, SGO and CAO. This is based on self-report by parents/special guardians. 


Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme


The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme - This is a new consortium, led by Research in Practice, together with The Children’s Society and University of Bedfordshire. It has been appointed by the DfE to develop and deliver a new programme to tackle child exploitation. The Tackling Child Exploitation (TCE) Support Programme is a significant investment and aims to support local areas to develop an effective strategic response to child exploitation and threats from outside the family home, including child sexual exploitation and child criminal exploitation, such as county lines drug trafficking.

The not-for-profit consortium will work with a number of skilled Delivery Partners, comprising local authorities, charities, academics and independent subject matter experts, to deliver support to local areas.

Action Required

Over the next three years, every local authority area will be able to apply for ‘Bespoke Support’, and in addition a website will be developed providing open access learning materials. Bespoke Support projects will help local partners including social care, health, police and education, to understand the risks and harms facing children and young people outside the family home and develop a more effective response.

More information about the project can be found at:




Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

AD Education Network - next meeting Friday 7 June


The next meeting of the AD Education network will be on Friday 7 June, and it’s shaping up to be a great session. Please can you contact Alison Rendle (details below) to confirm who will be attending (substitutes welcome).

The meeting will focus on how local areas are delivering school improvement in the changed landscape of LA responsibilities. Simon Day from ISOS Partnership will share his knowledge about the different models and approaches which are being developed across the region and nationally.  This presentation will be followed by updates from delegates and a general discussion. 

We will also be joined by Stewart Jackson HMI, who will return to give feedback and share learning from the post-16 focus in this year’s round of annual conversations.


The AD Education Network is now part-way through an interesting and varied programme of meetings and activity for 2019.  In April, the group met for a lively and informative full day network with SEND colleagues.  The agenda included sharing of practice from across the region; a focus on managing HNB budgets and exploring approaches to post-16 SEND.  There was a great buzz in the room as colleagues shared experiences and everyone went away with new ideas to take consider and new contacts made. 

Colleagues have developed an interesting and wide-ranging forward plan for the year. In the autumn the group will consider approaches to teacher recruitment and retention. The network also now has two task and finish groups.  The first, led by Portsmouth, is looking at issues around attendance, children missing education and elective home education.  They will report back to the network in the autumn.  The other group, which is in the process of setting itself up, will be working on educational data across the region.

Please can you visit the AD Education Network page and check that we have the right contact for your authority. If you discover that our information has gone out of date, please contact either Isabelle Gregory or Alison Rendle (details below).

Key dates

Complex LAC Project


There will be a project meeting for the Complex LAC Project on Wednesday 17 July 2019 – venue somewhere in London. Because all 19 authorities in the South East are now involved (see below) we will need to restrict attendance to 2 people per authority. Please contact Rosemary Perry - details below - to arrange your places.

Progress on the Project

The most exciting news is that, following our very positive meeting with the DCS group in March, all of the 7 remaining authorities in the south east have joined us. So welcome to Bracknell Forest,Buckinghamshire, Medway, ReadingSlough, Surrey and Windsor & Maidenhead.  This group of authorities are now completing the data collection exercise so by the time we all meet again in July, we will have analysed data from over 1200 cases………

The completed DfE grant application was submitted by the deadline and a copy is available via the DCS restricted page of this website


We met with the outgoing and incoming Chief Executives of ICHA recently and they are very interested to work in partnership with us on the project; this was reflected in the DfE bid which was submitted this week.  We have also made contact with other organisations, including TACT, to gauge their interest in being involved.

We have started some work with East SussexMilton KeynesOxfordshire and Southampton to identify ways of recording the views of looked after children themselves, using existing groupings and children in care councils.  We also want to use this workstream to identify how young people themselves can be involved in our project.  If any other authority would like to be involved in this and/or has experience of incorporating the views of looked after children into the delivery of similar projects or the actual governance of such projects, please do let Mark Evans (details below) know.

Tools & Templates

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

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.

Children’s Commissioner Report on Early Access to Mental Health Support

All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Youth Work - report published April 2019

DfE's Elective Home Education guidance for local authorities was updated on 2 April

ADCS Report - Building a workforce that works for all children

Contextual Safeguarding Implementation Toolkit – This is a really useful free online resource that includes practical resources and tools focusing on: Referral and screening; Assessment; Planning and review; Support and interventions; Monitoring and evaluation; Policy development

Ofsted has published detailed figures revealing the scale of the problem with suspected illegal schools in England.

A councillor’s workbook on engaging with young people has been designed as a learning aid for councillors to assist them with the effective engagement of young people and the organisations representing them within their ward. The workbook provides some signposting and ideas around the engagement of young people rather than it being a step by step guide as such. More information at the LGA web page for this project

Skipping School Invisible Children – How children disappear from England’s Schools A report by The Children's Commissioner

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
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