The Government has been accused of failing to take action to help the nation's most vulnerable youngsters. There has been an "alarming reluctance" by the Department for Education (DfE) to play an active role in securing better services and results for children in care, according to the Commons public accounts committee.
In a new report, the cross-party group of MPs suggested that the department does "far too little" to support councils before they are declared inadequate by Ofsted, instead leaving them to "fester".
The findings come the day after Ofsted warned that many local authorities are struggling to offer a good standard of care and protection for their most at-risk children.
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