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."
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