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.

UPDATE NO 310 13th July 2018


Complex LAC and Edge of Care Project


The next project meeting will be on Thursday 26th July 1.30 – 4.30pm at Mary Sumner House, 24 Tufton St, Westminster, London SW1P 3RB

Authorities who want to use the tool kit that we have developed and participate in the next stage in the project really need to be represented at this meeting as we will spend a considerable amount of time going through the toolkit and the guidance.  The event is most relevant to LAC Service Managers and Commissioners, if you would like to attend and haven’t already booked a place, please can you do so by Friday 20th July at the latest by contacting Mark Evans (details below).  

The authorities and representatives who have already booked are:

Oxfordshire; Hampshire; West Sussex; Portsmouth; Brighton & Hove; West Berks; and Kent

Action Required

General Update on the Project

Following the workshop on 16th March 2018 and subsequent discussions with the DCS group we now have 17 (out 19) authorities wishing to actively participate. Our initial survey which was fully or partially responded to by 9 authorities, indicated that many LAs have difficulty in categorising young people according to need or risk factors, while they have precise data about cost.

We concluded that there was little point in re-running the survey for the joining authorities as it was likely to produce similar results; this would have been frustrating and time consuming for everyone and unlikely to have moved the project forward; however, we do need to have some baseline data to help us to understand the issues and make some recommendations for the future. Consequently we developed a toolkit which has 3 key purposes: 

  • To help develop a regional needs profile of LAC with complex needs across the SE (and later also to add Edge of Care).
  • To provide a useful aid to individual authorities in identifying their commissioning needs for both groups.
  • To support the development of local and regional sufficiency strategy for LAC with complex needs (and later Edge of Care)

The tool kit has been piloted by two authorities and will be rolled out to others at the meeting on the 26th July.

For more information please contact Mark Evans or Rosemary Perry (details below)


Consultation on 2018-19 DCS Peer Challenge Arrangements


The DCS meeting earlier today (Friday) agreed to carry on with the development of the "Trial Run" Regional Improvement Plan (The restricted v1.6 now available to DCSs only).  

The SESLIP team is preparing missing sections on continuing and new SESLIP improvement activities as well as ensuring co-ordination with the PiP and LGA support programmes.

For more information please contact Anna Wright or Richard Tyndall (details below).

Action Required

We are also starting to make the detailed arrangements for the peer challenge of self-assessment arrangements that will culminate in the Regional Improvement Summit on 22 March 2019. 

In the first instance this will involve Isabelle Gregory (details below) liaising with DCSs: others will be involved in due course.  


Three Reports on Children's Services Finances


There have been three reports published recently on the state of financing in Children's Services; they are:

Action Required

These reports all support the themes of the ADCS Presidential Address given by Stuart Gallimore (DCS East Sussex)

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Tools & Templates

There have been three reports published recently on the state of financing in Children's Services; they are:

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

SEND Inspection Preparation: Self Evaluation Framework Peer Review Guidance

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

The revised guidance Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 was released on the 20 May 2018 and can be found here. The statutory guidance will come into force on 3 September 2018 and will replace KCSiE 2016. One key addition is a new part (part 5) on advice for schools on responding to and supporting young victims of sexual violence and harassment.

NSPCC has produced a briefing document highlighting the main changes in the new version compared to the current one. It can be found here.

SESLIP Contact Details

Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784
South East Grid for Learning - Consortium Manager: Heather Hadfield
07931 506487 or 0118 978 9679
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
SE DCS Peer Challenge: Anna Wright
07415 099245
CSC Workforce and Complex Care Needs Projects: Mark Evans
07803 147072
Adoption and Complex Care Needs Projects: Rosemary Perry
07739 853434
Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND): Tracey Maytas
02392 437680
Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468