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'Poor' child care at 20 councils

One in seven councils in England are "inadequate" at caring for some of the most vulnerable children in society, an Ofsted report found.

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Birmingham council admits 'long-standing problem'

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council, which was singled out for criticism in Ofsted's report on child protection, has acknowledged that there is a long-standing problem:

We are already on record as saying that we have failed to meet the basic expectation of keeping vulnerable children in this city safe.

This is a long-standing problem which we acknowledge and the leader has said that improving children's services is his number one priority.

While we can only agree with the seriousness of what Sir Michael [Wilshaw] has said with regard to children's services - indeed we have said it ourselves - we now need improvement rather than further diagnosis lacking any offer of solutions.

– birmingham city council spokesman

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