Ofsted will carry out an early inspection of Rotherham Council's child protection and looked-after children's services.
In the wake of a report which found 1,400 children were sexually abused while in care at the council over a 16-year period, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said she had agreed with Ofsted to pull the inspection forward.
I will not hesitate to take further action if necessary to ensure children are safe.
Children as young as 11 were raped by large groups of men, a new inquiry into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham has found.
A report into 16 years of child sexual abuse in Rotherham has concluded that the true scale of exploitation in the town will never be known.