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Education secretary appoints children's services commissioner to oversee council's progress

PUBLISHED: 09:21 01 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:21 01 December 2016

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The council's childrens services were branded iandequate in an Ofsted report

Lewisham’s former director of children’s services has been appointed to oversee Bromley Council’s efforts as it strives to make improvements following a highly critical Ofsted report earlier this year.

Frankie Sulke produced a report on October 10 recommending that the council retain control of its services after it made an “encouraging start” to address its problems.

She has now been appointed Children’s Services Commissioner for a six-month period, pending further reviews of the local authority’s services for young people.

In her report, Ms Sulke concluded that, following the appointment of deputy chief executive Ade Adetosoye in September, she was “confident that Bromley will have the practice expertise necessary to bring about improvement”.

Bromley council leader Stephen Carr said: “We are pleased to have the benefit of continuity in working with Frankie over the coming months. I know she will provide the rigour and challenge to help ensure continued improvement for Bromley’s children.”

Ms Sulke will produce a further report in May next year, after which the government will judge whether or not the council has made sufficient progress to retain control of its children’s services.

Ofsted’s report, released in June, highlighted “widespread and serious failures in the services provided to children and families in Bromley” and branded the borough’s service ‘inadequate’ in all areas.

Up to £2.3 million was agreed by the council from contingency funds to be used to help deliver its improvement plan.

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