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."
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