Here at Bromley, things are changing. In fact, we’re now on our way to excellence. Since our new Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director Ade Adetosoye (OBE) has joined us, we’ve started to transform our services and work towards new, revived ambitions.
Our Children’s Services were previously rated as ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted in 2016, so we’re keen to improve as soon as possible. We’re leading the way by raising the profile of safeguarding, and highlighting the shared responsibility we all have to keep our children and young people safe. To help us improve quickly, we’ve developed clear priorities – making sure we truly support our children and young people.
All our services will be underpinned by the principles of early intervention and prevention – something that’ll help us provide key services. And we’re also committed to ensuring everyone has the tools, time and support to do their job well. As part of this, we’re investing £2.3 million into our services and employing a lot more frontline staff. We’re also guaranteeing a two-week induction programme, along with a reduction in caseloads. Our social workers are now part of small, supportive cluster teams, where everyone has access to the senior management team. And we’re investing in outstanding learning and development opportunities – with bespoke training for every single one of our social workers.
We’re putting a huge amount of effort into reducing bureaucratic burdens and empowering our talented social workers. It goes without saying that it’s a hugely exciting time to join. These visions are part of a much larger plan – one that’ll see us building a better Bromley for everyone.