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."
More top news
Newt Gingrich accused Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly of being 'fascinated with sex' over coverage of Trump's alleged inappropriate behaviour.
The Republican presidential candidate said Mrs Clinton "doesn't know what she's doing" in her plans for Syria.
Court records show Len Wiseman filed divorce papers on Friday citing citing irreconcilable differences.