Bromley Council have attained a good rating from Oftsed after recent poor performance. Leadership has been rated “excellent”.

Bromley Council’s Executive Member for Children and Families Councillor Peter Fortune said: “I am extremely proud of this absolutely remarkable achievement. This improvement in such a short space of time has simply never been achieved by any other local authority. To go from where Bromley children’s services were two years ago when Ofsted judged them inadequate to a position of strength with ‘outstanding’ leadership, and a ‘good’ overall rating across all services is unheard of in this time frame.

I commend the new leadership of our children’s services under Interim Chief Executive Ade Adetosoye OBE, as well as councillors, staff and our partners who have shown such unflinching dedication to the young people of our borough over this period. I should also like to thank the Leader of the Council, Councillor Colin Smith and former Leader, Stephen Carr for their personal support and commitment.”

Support service

Bromley’s Early Help and Family Support Services, found to be effective in 2016, were also singled out for praise for being further strengthened since then. The report paid tribute to the exceptionally well managed and skilled, enthusiastic, child-focused staff in this area.

Councillor Fortune concluded: “Despite the hard-earned success we have achieved so far, we won’t be resting on our laurels. Bromley will continue its improvement journey towards even higher aspirations for the children and young people of our borough.”