Make an Enquiry
Contact Us

Bromley’s approach to CSE improves

The London Borough of Bromley is making substantive progress in improving services for children and young people at risk of sexual exploitation (CSE), Ofsted has said.

The inspectorate also identified some progress for those who go missing in a fourth monitoring report of the local authority’s children’s services since it was rated inadequate.

“No inadequate practice was found and aspects of good practice were identified,” said the report.

The local authority is making good progress in implementing its action plan for children at risk of sexual exploitation or who go missing.

Ofsted said that strong commitment from strategic partners, senior leaders and elected members has resulted in priority action that has improved practice and outcomes.

It highlighted:

  • Strengthened partnership collaboration
  • Decisions are timely and proportionate
  • Increasingly effective management oversight
  • Greater stability in the workforce and
  • A steady reduction in caseloads

“The local authority now knows which children go missing and which children are at risk of sexual exploitation. Centrally coordinated data is more reliable and has improved management oversight, enabling appropriate support to be targeted to those most at risk,” said the report.

The current range of commissioned services for children at risk of sexual exploitation is however limited which means that not all children can access the right support quickly enough. The local authority is using its improved understanding of the needs of this group of children to consider its future commissioning approach, to ensure that a range of accessible services is available to meet the needs of children in the borough.

The local authority has made significant improvements in creating a more stable workforce. The ‘Bromley Promise’ sets out an offer of manageable caseloads, clear practice standards, a protected induction period and dedicated time for reflective supervision.

“This is attracting social workers to Bromley, and a high number of agency workers are transferring to permanent positions,” said the report. “At the time of the inspection in June 2016, 42% of social workers had permanent contracts; the most recent data from the local authority shows that this figure has risen to 85%,” the monitoring report concluded.

Monitoring visit of local authority’s children’s services

 

 

 

Knowledge & Resources

Keep abreast of the latest news in the children's services sector.

All children removed from Rainsbrook

17/06/2021

All children are to be removed from Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre, the Lord Chancellor has announced.

Robert Buckland has confirmed that work is underway to move all children from the privately-run Secure Training Centre amid serious ongoing concerns about safety and performance.

The Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland said: “Six months ago, I demanded that MTC take [...]

Read Full Story

Response to 'Case for Change'

17/06/2021

What the children’s services sector said about the independent review into children’s social care.

ADCS

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services President, Charlotte Ramsden, said: “This review is a once in a generation opportunity to make meaningful and lasting change for the children and young people who need our help and support to thrive. The case [...]

Read Full Story

Children’s social care system likened to Jenga tower held together with Sellotape

17/06/2021

Children’s services often intervene with vulnerable families too late, the independent review into children’s social care has stated.

The government’s main focus should be on supporting the resources of families and the wider community to keep children safe as close to a family environment as is possible. While decisive action still needs to be taken [...]

Read Full Story
Children First is an online resource for professionals working with children presented by WillisPalmer, providing you with the latest news, features and interviews.
Subscribe Today
Delivering a diverse, reliable range of services to children and their families across the UK
D1, Parkside, Knowledge Gateway, Nesfield Road, Colchester, Essex CO4 3ZL
Contact Us

A Mackman Group collaboration - market research by Mackman Research | website design by Mackman

closechevron-downbars linkedin facebook pinterest youtube rss twitter instagram facebook-blank rss-blank linkedin-blank pinterest youtube twitter instagram