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."
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