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.
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