Ofsted have judged Bromley's Children's Services to be "good", a massive improvement from the "inadequate" rating they received previously, but the service for the most vulnerable is still in need of improvement and careful monitoring as the Conservative councillors start cost cutting in this department again.
In 2016 Ofsted criticised the council for "widespread and serious failings". Credit is almost entirely due to Ade Adetosoye who was brought in to fix the problems in Children's Services following the Ofsted report - it's a remarkable achievement to make these improvements so quickly.
Mr Adetosoye has now been promoted to Chief Executive following the retirement of Doug Patterson - at a salary of £179,845 pa. However, the council are not planning to replace him on a like for like basis in Children's Services, which they boast will result in "considerable cash savings".
The 2016 Ofsted report identified the Council's failure to replace the previous Director of Children's Services as a major contributory factory to the rapid deterioration in Children's Services. Having had to spend in excess of an additional £6 million to bring Children's Services to an acceptable level, we remind the Conservatives that short sighted cost cutting often costs more in the long term, and that the most vulnerable in our society should not be put at risk again. So we applaud Mr Adetosoye's achievements to date, but we will continue to monitor the performance of Children's Services in Bromley.