South East Region Update - September 2017

Social Care

We have been continuing the dialogue around unaccompanied asylum seekers with the South East Migration Partnership. This work, which has involved meeting with Home Office and Department for Education representatives, has resulted in a consultation being launched to consider establishing a formal regional rota for the dispersal of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

Ofsted

There is currently dialogue taking place with the Ofsted Regional Director to refresh the annual conversation that LAs have with him with the aim of ensuring that the meeting adds value and properly covers the breadth of the DCS role. All LAs across the South East have now received a SIF inspection.

Education

We have continued our engagement with Ofsted through regular meetings with the Regional Director and with one of our Regional Schools Commissioners (RSC). For the first time we have met together with Ofsted and the RSC to explore issues of mutual interest. Part of the discussion has centred on a shared concern about the status and support for a school that has an Academy Order in place but no identified sponsor.

Sector-Led Improvement

• We are progressing with our project ‘Improving the quality of audit in the field’, working with QA/audit managers

• The first of the SE DCS Peer Challenges has now been evaluated and the second round is being planned. A training day is taking place in November. This programme involves three LAs linking up with a programme of self-assessment, followed by a challenge meeting and then a focussed peer challenge visit

• We have continued with the Data Benchmarking Group and the latest set of quarterly reports have been produced and distributed. New quarterly reports have been developed for adoption, early help and SEND indicators

Regional Adoption Leadership Board: This continues to meet to maintain an oversight of developments in this area

• The SEND 19 Group has published “Inspection Preparation: Self Evaluation Framework Peer Review Guidance

• Networks for assistant directors for safeguarding (or equivalent) and education (or equivalent) continue to provide mutual support. The safeguarding group is working on an Efficiencies Project, focussing on identifying and sharing successful initiatives that have reduced costs without loss of quality of care

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