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 335 18th January 2019


Regional Improvement Planning for 2019-20


Following on from the successful training day at the end of November (and the catch-up webinars for those who were unavailable) we are now fully engaged with reviewing self-assessments ahead of the Triad Peer Challenge days (and Ofsted annual conversation visits for some colleagues).

We are making arrangements for the Regional Improvement Summit on Friday 22 March. This will be a short (30-minute) formal launch of the Regional Improvement Plan with DCSs and Lead Members and invited guests from DfE, Ofsted, LGA, ADCS. It will be scheduled for the slot before lunch, and our guests will be invited to stay for the buffet lunch.

22 March - Regional Improvement Summit with DCSs and Lead Members

For all enquiries about the Regioanl Planning process, and for any comments and feedback, please contact isabelle Gregory (details below). 

Action Required

Triad 1 - East Sussex, Surrey and Wokingham on Thursday 28 February 2019

Triad 2 - Kent, Reading and Portsmouth on Monday 4 February 2019

Triad 3 - Hampshire and IoW, Milton Keynes and Slough on Friday 15 February 2019

Triad 4 - Medway, Oxfordshire and Windsor and Maidenhead also on Friday 15 February 2019

Triad 5 - Brighton and Hove, Buckinghamshire and West Berkshire on Tuesday 26 February 2019

Triad 6 - Bracknell Forest, Southampton and West Sussex on Wednesday 13 February 2019

Please contact Isabelle Gregory (details below) for detailed information for these events.


Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund


As part of the Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) Programme, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is launching a £2.7 million Challenge Fund that will provide grant funding to innovative projects, to gather learning on what works to reduce parental conflict.

Full details can be found here.  Bids are required by mid February 2019

Action Required

The RPC Challenge Fund will allocate grants through two strands: 

A Digital Support for Families strand: £1.6 million is available to provide grant funding to innovative projects that will test what works digitally to support and maintain engagement with disadvantaged families to reduce parental conflict. 

A Support for Disadvantaged Families strand: A further £1.1 million is available to test what works to support disadvantaged families that are at greater risk of parental conflict, where there is limited existing evidence.


Task and finish group - Attendance and children missing education


Mike Stoneman from Portsmouth is convening a task and finish group of colleagues to consider issues around attendance and children missing education.  The purpose of the group is to look at best practice across the South East and potential solutions in terms of the work local authorities are doing to address the following key issues identified by the SESLIP AD Education Network:

  • Persistent school absence
  • Fixed term and permanent exclusions
  • Reduced timetables that go beyond 6 weeks
  • Elective home education
  • Inappropriate alternative provision or exclusion by another name

Action Required

The aim is to hold at least two meetings this term (spring 2019) before going back to the AD Network later in the year with a report detailing some best practice and recommendations. 

If you or a colleague would like to be involved in this group, please contact Mike directly mike.stoneman@portsmouthcc.gov.uk


AD Safeguarding Network - meeting dates for 2019-20


Meetings are now booked for the rest of the year and early into 2020.  The dates are:

  • 8th March 2019
  • 7th June 2019 
  • 6th September 2019 
  • 6th December 2019 (joint with East of England)
  • 6th March 2020

Action Required

Further details can be obtained from Mark Evans (contact details below)

For the latest membership of the network, please click here

Reminders From Previous Weeks

Key dates

LGA Report - Children's care cash crisis: nine in 10 councils pushed into the red


Severe funding shortages for social services that protect vulnerable children have pushed nearly nine in 10 councils into the red, new analysis published by the LGA reveals, prompting warnings that funding for children’s care is now in a country-wide crisis.

New figures show that a total of 133 out of 152 councils (88 per cent) were forced to spend more money than they had planned to on children’s social care in the last year (2017/18). This amounted to an overspend of £806 million. The LGA report says the number of councils spending more than they budgeted for indicates the immense pressure they are under to support vulnerable children and young people, and emphasises that this is now an issue affecting all areas of the country.

The full report can be found here


The LGA report says the number of councils spending more than they budgeted for indicates the immense pressure they are under to support vulnerable children and young people, and emphasises that this is now an issue affecting all areas of the country.

It estimates that children’s services already face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025 just to maintain the current levels of service, and is calling on the Government to announce desperately needed new money into the system.

The full report can be found here

Key dates

Public Law Outline Seminar 11 February 2018


Kent County Council have set up a seminar to explore research in relation to the use of the PLO. The event will include contributions by leading academics Professor Judith Masson University of Bristol and Professor Jonathan Dickens (UEA). The brief for the research can be found here.


The seminar will take place at a venue in Maidstone on 11 February 2019 with a nominal cost per delegate of £25. A flyer with more information is available here.

To book a place or find out more contact SafeguardingAdmin@kent.gov.uk 

Tools & Templates

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

SESLIP Leadership Development Prospectus

2019-20 SESLIP Regional Improvement Planning - all you need to know is here

National Implementation Adviser for Care Leavers’ First Year Report – This was published in the Autumn and sets the findings of the National Adviser for Care Leavers following his first year in role. The report is structured around the 5 identified priorities for care leavers and goes on to provide examples of good practice from local authorities that he has visited. It also sets out aspirations for 2019-2020. The full report can be found here

The national protocol on reducing unnecessary criminalisation of looked-after children and care leavers is here

The What Works Centre Analysis of LAC Rates 2012-17 is here

Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division Key Note Address: “Crisis; What Crisis"

ADCS Safegaurding Pressures 6 report is here

There have been three reports published in 2018 on the state of financing in Children's Services; they are:

 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:

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