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'Serious failings' in Sunderland's children's services

There are "widespread and serious failures" in Sunderland City Council's services for children and young people, according to Ofsted.

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Sunderland Council leader: clearing backlog of cases is main priority

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.

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