The London Borough of Bromley is making good progress in improving early intervention help and support for children and families in the borough, Ofsted has said.
In its sixth monitoring visit since the borough’s children’s services was rated as inadequate in June 2016, Ofsted inspector found the provision of early intervention services in Bromley is an area of strength.
“The local authority has prioritised and improved the range and quality of family support. This is effective and well established,” said the report.
Inspectors said that within the cases considered, children and families receive good early intervention, help and support. Their requests for help are quickly and effectively responded to and they are able to access a wide range of high-quality local services that are preventing the need for statutory services. This is a proportionate response to risk and is improving children’s circumstances.
The visit found:
“While regular audit of practice gives managers an overview of the quality of early intervention practice for families, the audit tool is insufficiently focused on the experiences of children. This misses an opportunity to identify and improve the positive outcomes of this help on their individual needs and circumstances, said the report.
“The local authority, aware of this practice deficit, is taking actions to improve performance in this area,” it concluded.
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