Ofsted Inspection of Bromley Children’s Services
You may be aware that Bromley Children’s Services have recently undergone an Ofsted inspection under the ‘new single inspection framework’. The report was published on Monday 27 June and, disappointingly, Bromley Children’s Services have been criticised across the board. The new framework has undoubtedly raised the bar at a time of greater demand for services.
The Council has acted swiftly to put in place a member-led Improvement Board and an officer Service Improvement Team, both with independent external support, to address shortcomings identified by Ofsted. The Department for Education (DfE) announced they have appointed a Commissioner, Frankie Sulke CBE, who will assess Bromley’s Children’s Services from DfE’s perspective in addition to Ofsted. Bromley Council is determined to put this right and will be working closely with Ofsted and the Department for Education in their action planning to improve services.
The Council is offering reassurance that children in the borough who have come to their notice all have a named social worker and are visited. Ofsted’s concerns are that Bromley Children’s Services are not performing at the required level. This means certain procedures and processes are not moving quickly enough or certain standards are not being met to achieve the best outcomes for children. The Council will be bringing in resources and changing practices as appropriate to resolve these issues.
Bromley has already made some changes to make improvements and agreed immediate necessary resources while more planning is taking place.