Mixed news on Bromley

Improvements need to be made in the way Bromley social services
department manages resources if improvements are to continue, the
latest joint review report said earlier this week.

Inspectors noted that staff were committed to ensuring people
received good services and recognised good progress in adoption,
developing better practice in safeguarding children in foster care,
and providing supported accommodation for care leavers.

But whenever management and staff resources were stretched,
consistency and quality in service delivery tended to suffer, it
says. Specific areas highlighted for improvement include care
management and community care services.

John Bolton, director of joint reviews, said: “Bromley needs to
get better at managing its performance and working with the NHS to
achieve fundamental improvements based on agreed priorities and
shared objectives.”

But Jeremy Ambache, director of social services and housing at
Bromley, said: “Improvements are under way. Further improvements
will be made over the next 12 months.”

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