Vulnerable children are still at risk because Birmingham City Council has failed to meet improvement targets.
The regulator, Ofsted, has condemned the council as inadequate after its latest unannounced inspection.
The service does not meet minimum requirements and has been ordered to take immediate action.
The Council Leader, Cllr. Sir Albert Bore, admits the report makes very distressing reading.
The report goes onto say that although some progress was noted during the unannounced inspection in 2011, this has not been sustained.
It says the effectiveness of the help and protection provided to children, young people, parents and carers is inadequate.