Failing Birmingham council 'should be split'

The Chief Inspector at Ofsted has highlighted Birmingham as one of the worst councils for child protection.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said: "We've allowed failure to go and on and on in Birmingham for far too long.

"The stats are there to see, it points to endemic failure. This isn't good enough and children are at risk, now is the time for central government to do something about it and see if local government is working. If it's not working then I'm calling on central government to break Birmingham up."

Watch: 1,400 at risk children 'are not safe' in Birmingham

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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.