The leader of Sandwell Council Darren Cooper has apologised for the poor Ofsted results, which rated the local authority's children's services department as 'failing' and 'inadequate'.
He goes onto say, although not making excuses, he told the regulator it was a bad time to assess the local authority before the inspection was carried out.
More top news
Early fog patches slowly lifting, becoming cloudier this afternoon.
Staying mainly dry and cold with some sunny spells.
Police officers have found an injured 17-year-old boy after being called to reports of a disturbance in Nottingham.