2019 SE DCS Peer Challenge

The aims

The 2019 SE DCS peer challenge is based on a 2017 pilot which was rolled out in 2018 with six participating authorities.

  • The overall aim is to allow the DCS, together with CEx and Lead Member, to improve understanding of how leadership and management processes impact on service quality and service improvement
  • It starts with a summary self-assessment and a data analysis provided by the SESLIP team
  • It assumes that all authorities have improvement needs, and that all authorities have areas of excellence to share across the region
  • Authorities are grouped into "triads", and each group of three attends a challenge day, during which each self-assessment is subject to scrutiny and challenge.
  • The outcome of the challenge day is that each authority's improvement asks and offers are validated and fed into the regional improvement planning process.

The programme promotes:

  • Mutual respect, openness and honesty
  • Non-judgemental feedback
  • The need to diagnose and understand why things are like they are
  • A practical focus on how outcomes for young people could be improved

The peer challenge aims to establish:

  • Whether each LA's self assessment is taking into account all possible signatures of risk
  • What excellent practice should be shared more widely and;
  • Where people are experiencing significant challenges, how can others help .

Governance & Reports

Consultation Draft MoU 2019/2020


 2019 DCS Peer Challenge triad dates







28th February


East Sussex



4th February





15th February


Hampshire and Isle of Wight

Milton Keynes


15th February

Windsor and Maidenhead




26th February

West Berkshire


Brighton and Hove


13th February

Bracknell Forest

West Sussex




The process for the 2019 SE DCS peer challenge is as follows:

  • Each authority will produce a self-assessment, signed off by the DCS, by 17 Dec 2018.
  • Option for the LA to ask SESLIP to resource a review of the self-assessment.
  • Hold peer challenge days in February 2019. The days will be 3 x 2-hour challenge sessions with breaks and a wrap-up session.
  • The days will be attended by the 3 x DCS and up to 3 members of their team they wish to bring.
  • SESLIP is providing a facilitator who will also colleact and write up examples of best practice/ common systemic issues that need to be addressed.
  • The aims of the sessions to produce insights, offers and asks.
  • A summit meeting on 22nd March for DCSs and Lead Members will share and celebrate best pratice, highlight the common issues thaat may require collective action, discuss any next steps and approve the SESLIP improvment  plan and support for 2019-2020.


Anna Wright is available for discussion of any aspect of the programme.

The activity covered by the programme includes:

  • an annual self-assessment
  • a review of benchmarking data
  • a process of peer challenge in DCS/Trust CEx triads
  • a report back to the host authority
  • an annual summit to review improvement priorities across the region and shape the work programme for the following year

Contact Details

Data Benchmarking: Alastair Lee
01273 481468
SE DCS Peer Challenge: Anna Wright
07415 099245
SESLI Programme Manager: Richard Tyndall
07880 787007
Rebecca Eligon
07944 996219
Isabelle Gregory
07931 586784