Coventry City Council have called a meeting of all councillors to debate the findings of an Ofsted report which branded its child protection measures 'inadequate'.
Deputy Leader, Cllr Phil Townshend, said: "We are neither complacent nor in denial about the degree of challenge to be faced. We need to ensure effective but constructive political oversight around managing progress generally, and specifically around the fifteen recommendations from Ofsted."
The Department for Education has branded the pace of change in children's service in Coventry as 'simply not good enough'.
It comes after a highly critical report by Ofsted, published today, found that children's services in Coventry are inadequate.
We have been concerned about the arrangements for the protection of children in Coventry since the publication of the serious case review into the death of Daniel Pelka in September 2013. We were clear at the time that we expected children's services to dramatically improve without delay, which was why we required the LSCB to undertake a deeper analysis of the wider issues so that Coventry was able to learn lessons from Daniel's death.
While we accept securing sustainable improvement takes time, today's report shows that the pace of change in Coventry has simply not been good enough. We will now consider what further actions are needed to ensure all vulnerable children in Coventry are sufficiently protected.
A highly critical report by Ofsted has found that children's services in Coventry have been judged inadequate by inspectors two years after the death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka.
The schoolboy was murdered by his mother and stepfather after years of neglect and abuse.
The report, which was published today, found that caseloads for social workers in the city are too high. Workloads have increased by 46% over the last two years.
A £5.6 million investment in children's service will be spent on creating more social work teams to deal with the huge increase of referrals.
The report did highlight a positive step in the new leadership of the service.
Councillor George Duggins, Coventry City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said there is no hiding from the report:
"There is no hiding from the fact that the report's overall findings are disappointing but many of the problems we face, particularly in the front line of children social care, is down to the fact of the unprecedented volume of work which continues to increase."
Children's services in Coventry have been judged inadequate by inspectors two years after the death of schoolboy Daniel Pelka. The four-year-old was murdered by his mother and stepfather after years of abuse and neglect.
The highly critical report by Ofsted found that caseloads for social workers are too high, and children are at risk of harm.
The lead councillor for children's services has vowed there will be a "rapid improvement" in services.
Councillor George Duggins, Coventry City Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said:
"As the Ofsted report reflects, the findings are not a verdict on the staff who are working extremely hard in the face of ever increasing workloads and their passion, commitment and dedication cannot be questioned.
"We have already responded to this challenge by adding another team of social workers and we have funding to add more as part of the additional £5.6 million because as a Council safeguarding is one our highest priorities."