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More children should be taken into care more quickly to rescue them from " a life of soiled nappies and scummy baths, chaos and hunger, hopelessness and despair," Michael Gove said.
The Education Secretary said too many children were living in "physical and moral squalor," being allowed to stay with neglectful or abusive parents for too long.
In a speech in London Education Secretary Michael Gove said:
The Ofsted report found that all areas of Doncaster's child protection services were inadequate.
The report said Doncaster could not be confident that all children known to the children and young people's services were safe.
- The brutal attack on an 11-year-old and a nine-year-old was by two brothers, aged 10 and 11, in Edlington, South Yorkshire, in 2009.
- The brothers lured their victims to a secluded spot and subjected them to 90 minutes of violence and sexual humiliation.
- The victims, who are uncle and nephew, were strangled, hit with bricks, made to eat nettles, stripped and forced to sexually abuse each other.
- The attackers were locked up in 2010 for a minimum of five years.
- A serious case review concluded the attack was "a preventable incident" and identified "more than 30 opportunities that could, with different and clearer judgment and action have reduced the harm suffered by (the brothers) and their harm to others."
Director of the children and young people's service Chris Pratt said Doncaster Council "must do better to improve services".
He added: "We are using these reports as a major opportunity to up our game and are determined to rejuvenate our improvement plan to speedily put in place the changes that will provide maximum protection for all our children and young people."
Weaknesses remain in child protection services at a council which was heavily criticised after two boys tortured and sexually humiliated two other youngsters, according to a new report by Lord Carlile.
Doncaster Council, which was at the centre of a child protection storm after two boys tortured and sexually humiliated two other youngsters, has admitted that "features of that systematic failure remain today".
The council made the comments ahead of the publication of two reports later which are expected to be highly critical of services in the South Yorkshire town.
The first was ordered by Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove in March following the publication of the full serious case review into the brutal attack on an 11-year-old and a nine-year-old by two brothers, aged 10 and 11, in Edlington, South Yorkshire, in 2009.
Mr Gove said this report into the background to the incident did not "meet his expectations", and that it showed the current system of serious case reviews was "failing".
He asked Lord Carlile "to carry out a further independent review of the issues and the action taken and improvements made".
The Carlile Report is due to be published this morning along with the latest report on child protection in Doncaster following an unannounced 10-day inspection last month by Ofsted.
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Child protection services at Doncaster Council have been criticised in a new report.