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A report released today by Ofsted has criticised Sunderland Council's children's services, pointing to major inadequacies in the way it deals with vulnerable children.
The NSPCC has said in a statement that pressures on council budgets should not be used as an excuse for delivering poor services.
Leader of the Council Paul Watson gave an interview to ITV Tyne Tees in which he accepted the failings in Sunderland Council's children's services highlighted by today's Ofsted report.
The main challenge facing the authority is clearing the large backlog of cases involving children at risk of neglect and abuse.
A shocking report into children's services in Sunderland has criticised widespread failures and poor leadership.
The report by Ofsted has said that children are being left unsafe.
Among the areas ruled inadequate are:
- Child protection
- Children in care
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has written to the Secretary of State, Nicky Morgan, calling for action to be taken as soon as possible.
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