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Bromley Councillors Are Failing Our Children

Ofsted image 2Bromley Councillors "consider they know better than professionals and that they might put political expediency above the needs of their vulnerable residents." So says a damning report from DfE's Commissioner for Children's Services.

Following strong criticism by Ofsted of the way Children's Services are run by the Council, an order from the Department of Education (DfE) says that Bromley will be stripped of their responsibilities if they do not improve soon. Bromley has 6 months to get its act together.

Bromley Council has got into this position by not giving hard-pressed staff the leadership and funds to carry out their vital work.

LibDems are passionate about this issue. We believe that every child, no matter what their background, should be given the best possible start in life.

"Every month that goes by without this situation being remedied means more children's lives are marred." believes Julie Ireland, local Mum and LibDem Beckenham champion.

Ade Adetosoye has been appointed by the Council as the new Executive Director for Care Services, Education and Health. He is also Deputy Chief Executive. Sam Webber, LibDem prospective parliamentary candidate for Orpington, adds " We welcome this appointment, but we hope he will have enough time to focus on this vital issue - our fear is that he will get deflected by the huge array of duties that his title suggests he will be managing. He must be able to operate with authority in the best interests of the children."

Julie Ireland commented "It's one bad story after another for the children of our borough. The situation is shameful and brings our Borough into disrepute. We think Bromley's Councillors need to get their priorities straight - vulnerable children before political expediency"

In June 2016 we were all shocked by the Ofsted report into Children's Services in Bromley - labelled inadequate for all services inspected. They found that "widespread and serious" failings across key areas including management and process had left children vulnerable.

Ofsted report

Bromley Council's response to this report was unimpressive. They had been operating without a Children's Services Director for 17 months - as part of a money saving exercise they had asked the deputy to "act up" when the post holder resigned. The Bromley Councillor responsible for this decision, Robert Evans, admitted this has "probably been a mistake" when questioned by the LibDems at a council meeting in September. The appointment of Ade Adetosoye was announced in September, and we were surprised at the extent of his remit - one person to cover Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director for Care Services, Education and Health. "Is this more cost cutting by Bromley Council? Have they learned nothing from the Ofsted report?" commented Sam Webber.