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London councils children’s services deemed ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted

Following a recent inspection, Bromley’s children’s services have been recognised as one of the best in England.  

In 2022 Ofsted, the office for standards I education, children’s services, and skills, introduced a new framework, which includes the new judgement for care leavers. Since this new addition, Bromley is the only local authority to have received an ‘outstanding’ grade in all areas of social work.

Overall, the council, which is located in the south of London, is the eighth to receive an ‘outstanding’ rating, including those under the previous criteria.

Commenting on the news, Kate Lymer, deputy leader and executive cllr for children, education and families said: ‘This outstanding result is a testament to the hard work of so many people. Reading words or phrases in the report such as ‘impressive’, ‘high quality’, ‘highly effective’, ‘successful’ and ‘excellent service’, in our multiple service area underlines what is being achieved.

‘I want to thank our hardworking staff for their passion, dedication, and brilliance and that of our police and health partners too. This work literally impacts on future generations. We want to see all our children reach their full potential in as many ways as possible which is why we remain ambitious for our children, and we will remain resolutely focussed on this.’  

The areas that were found to be outstanding within the council include:

  • The impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families
  • The experiences and progress pf children who need help and protection
  • The experiences and progress of children in care
  • The experiences and progress of care leavers
  • Overall effectiveness

However, news of Bromley’s exceptional rating has come whilst Ofsted are under fire. This month marks one year since the death of Ruth Perry, a head teacher who took her own life after her school was downgraded, and in light of this various organisations are demanding various changes are made to make the inspection process less stressful.   

Image: Bromley Council

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