Councillors hear that journey to improved Children’s Services is underway

Published Friday, 30 September 2016

Bromley has made a positive start in response to Ofsted’s disappointing inspection of Children’s Services reported in June.

The Executive Member for Care Services told Full Council on Monday 26 September that Bromley has made a positive start in response to Ofsted’s disappointing inspection of Children’s Services reported in June. Addressing the meeting, Councillor Robert Evans asked councillors to consider and agree the proposals for the funding necessary to add further resources to support the plan and reduce caseloads. The proposals had undergone scrutiny by other committees before being recommended to Full Council by the Executive.

Cllr Evans said: “Several of the actions in a comprehensive Improvement Plan have already been effected under the direction of a multi-agency Improvement Board set up by the Leader of the Council to oversee the work needed to address Ofsted’s findings. The Board will now be led by an independent chairperson as the Plan is delivered. We believe it was well received by Ofsted and I welcome their next visit in November.”

He went on to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director for Care Services, Education and Health – Ade Adetosoye OBE - who has been advising on the Improvement Plan and brings an impressive track record in providing good and outstanding services from his previous position at the City of London Corporation.

In parallel with Ofsted’s inspection, a DfE appointed Commissioner has made recommendations to the Secretary of State about the future of Children’s Services in Bromley. A decision is expected in the near future on the direction the council will be required to take.

Cllr Evans concluded: “We were disappointed by Ofsted’s findings and determined to put things right. Our multi-agency Improvement Board has worked with motivated staff and partners to deliver a really robust plan which we are now resourcing and carrying out to make sure that all children in the borough have the best chances in life.”

Up to £2.3 million was agreed by the council from contingency funds to be used as necessary to deliver the Improvement Plan and will support strengthening management, leadership and governance, streamlining practice, improving training, reducing caseloads, bolstering quality improvement and enhancing legal support.

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