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Bromley’s ‘inadequate’ children’s services make ‘positive start’ in response to damning Ofsted report

PUBLISHED: 13:07 30 September 2016 | UPDATED: 13:07 30 September 2016

Bromley civic centre

Bromley civic centre

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A report was published in June this year

Millions of pounds worth of funding has been freed up after a damning report into Bromley’s children services.

On Monday, a full meeting of Bromley council heard proposals for funding to add further resources to the services, which were branded by ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted earlier this year.

“Widespread and serious failures” were reported by the inspectorate, during a visit in April and May.

It went on to highlight “a corporate failure by the local authority that leaves too many children in neglectful and abusive situations for too long.”

The council has agreed for up to £2.3million to be used to deliver an improvement plan in response to the report.

Portfolio holder for care services Robert Evans led the appeal for funding.

“We were disappointed by Ofsted’s findings and are determined to put things right” said Cllr Evans.

“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.”

Ofsted is set to visit the borough again in November.


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