Services for some of Bromley’s most vulnerable kids have improved drastically in the last two years, Ofsted has said.

Bromley children’s services have been praised by the government watchdog after inspectors previously blasted the council for being ‘inadequate’.

The council has now been given a ‘good’ rating, with leadership being singled out as being ‘outstanding’.

Ofsted praised the council for bringing in experienced senior figures to drive services up – notably Ade Adetosoye who was recently promoted to interim chief executive.

Councils – which act as corporate parents for children in care – have a duty to provide social care services for families and children who need extra help.

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“Services for children and families in Bromley have improved dramatically since the last inspection, driven by the vision, commitment and determination of senior leaders,” inspectors said.

“Children who need help and protection receive good-quality help and support. Early help and family support services are highly effective.

“Workers are skilled and creative, ensuring that children are at the heart of assessments and plans.

“Senior managers and leaders actively listen to residents and service users and use feedback to improve services.”

In 2016, Ofsted said the council was criticised for “widespread and serious failings” in key areas.

Bromley Council invested an extra £7.25m into the children, education and families budget following the report.

This week’s report praised the council’s turnaround, highlighting the support children who need help and protection are now getting and high aspirations of the council.

Ofsted said the council still needs to improve information provided to homeless 16 and 17-year-olds and school attendance and progress for secondary children in its care.

Councillor Peter Fortune, the portfolio holder for children’s services, said he was proud of the improvement.

Cllr Fortune said: “This improvement in such a short space of time has simply never been achieved by any other local authority.

“To go from where Bromley children’s services were two years ago when Ofsted judged them inadequate to a position of strength with ‘outstanding’ leadership, and a ‘good’ overall rating across all services is unheard of in this timeframe.

“I commend the new leadership of our children’s services under interim chief executive Ade Adetosoye, as well as councillors, staff and our partners who have shown such unflinching dedication to the young people of our borough over this period.”