South East Regional Update - December 2019

The South East Regional Update

Sector-Led Improvement

• The Regional Improvement Plan for 2019-20 with detailed annexes was launched at a regional summit on 22 March 2019

• The plan includes a £130,000 contribution from DfE alongside £162,500 subscription income, and an agreement for quarterly data sharing on the 18 nationally agreed datasets

• The plan has 10 priorities:

Actions that will address practice issues:

1. Collaborate to improve provision for complex LAC

2. Collaborate on increasing in-house foster placements

3. Collaborate on ways to promote educational inclusion with SE19 SEND group

4. Share and develop new models of social care practice that fit the times

5. Develop the regional quality assurance capacity

Actions that will develop leadership capacity and staff resources:

6. Build leadership capacity across the region

7. Workforce matters; recruitment and retention; agency

Actions that will underpin the cycle of self-assessment and peer challenge:

8. Data benchmarking

9. Annual self-assessment and triad peer challenge

Action to address the funding gap:

10. Increase political lobbying to address the funding gap

• The Plan follows a non-stigmatising approach to improvement: The assumption is that there is excellent practice in all authorities; and that all authorities have improvement needs

• Recently we have:

  • Made excellent progress on our complex LAC project
  • Begun our Nov-Jan cycle of triad peer challenges (13 November)
  • Published The Staff College’s needs analysis for leadership development in the region
  • Decided to invite the DfE RISL to our sector-led steering group (with lead member and CE reps present) and cease separate data liaison meetings
  • Commissioned a review of the Memorandum of Co-operation on agency staff employment, which has recently come under pressure
  • Launched new projects on Increasing In-house Fostering (DCS sponsor: Pinaki Ghoshal, Brighton and Hove); Improving the Quality of Audit (DCS sponsor: Steve Crocker/Stuart Ashley, Hampshire and IoW); Developing models of Social Work (DCS sponsor: Nikki Edwards, Bracknell Forest).

For further details go to or contact the Programme Manager Richard Tyndall 07880-787007

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