Ofsted inspectors have branded children's social care services in Middlesbrough as inadequate.
In a report published today the agency has highlighted a series of "serious and widespread" failures.
This inspection was led by its lead inspector Jan Edwards.
The report states:
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The report judged services inadequate in four areas.
These are the impact of leaders on social work practice with children and families; the experiences and progress of children who need help and protection; the experiences and progress of children in care and care leavers; overall effectiveness.
It has set out a series of improvements that it wants to see from the Middlesbrough Council.
The town's mayor, Andy Preston, said: