Yorkshire & Humber Region Update December 2018

Work Plan

The 2018 regional work plan for sector-led improvement emphasises:

  • Greater rigour and accountability
  • Greater join up of regional processes, systems and structures
  • Focus on a few key regional issues in depth
  • Coherent support for individual LAs where needs are greatest.

All DCSs have signed the 2018 SLI Memorandum of Understanding which emphasises the above and clarifies the expectations of each and all LAs in their support of SLI activities.


Our annual self-assessment process is now in its seventh iteration. Each year it is enhanced. In 2018 it has been further refined to include new signatures of risk and to be ILACS compliant. LAs will complete their submissions in December and take part in a challenge event in January 2019 as a result of which we will produce a regional capacity index.

Regional Priorities

Annual self-assessment outputs include a regional capacity index highlighting relative strengths and areas for development. The three key areas for development in 2018 are being addressed as systems issues and are being pump primed with a ‘Directors Fund’ which is accessed by bids. The themes are: quality and sufficiency of placements; outcomes for vulnerable groups (attendance/exclusions/EHE) and, KS1/2. All three have project plans in place. Work continues on the three regional priorities with regular reports to lead members and DCSs.

Peer Challenge

34 LA/LSCB children’s services peer challenges have been completed (as of 30 October 2018). Whilst the ‘core’ three-day peer challenge business process remains at the centre of peer challenge activity, various new peer challenge business processes were developed and piloted in 2017. These have been applied to:

  • JTAI themes
  • SEND (transitions)
  • Domestic violence
  • Children’s mental health: Working closely with CCG commissioners a business process for children’s mental health peer challenge has been developed and is being piloted across two local areas. This was concluded and positively evaluated in November 2018. Mental health commissioners have shown an interest in rolling this out to embrace STP footprints.

A self-assessment schedule has been constructed for new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements which reflects the expectations of Working Together. A peer challenge for this process has also been developed, but not yet applied.

Leadership Development

Our Senior and Aspirant Leaders Programmes have supported the development of over 500 managers over a six-year period. Programmes for 2018 have now been completed with exceptionally positive feedback. We are offering, for the first time, executive coaching to participants from the Senior Leaders Programme. The programme utilises regional expertise that is being developed through an Executive Coaching Programme provided by The Staff College.

Working with Health Education England, we have jointly commissioned a ‘Systems Masterclass’ for leaders in health and LAs (presented and facilitated by Charles Leadbetter). The event was filmed and is available on our CSWM platform. This, our first joint venture with HEE, attracted over 100 participants. Evaluations were positive, and we have now secured access for LA managers to a range of HEE systems workshops and are exploring further collaborative activity on addressing systems issues.

22 senior managers have commenced a four-day ‘Executive Coaching’ programme to develop their individual expertise as coaches and to create a regional pool of coaches who will offer coaching to newly appointed senior managers in the region. We are piloting this model of support with alumni from our most recent senior leaders programme (see above).

Lead Member Network

There is an active lead member network which meets bi-monthly. The network has recently secured some funding from LGA to support further lead member development and is currently co-producing activity with the SLI coordinator and the LGA children’s services regional lead.

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