Birmingham's children's services are unfortunately once again in the national headlines for the wrong reasons. Yesterday saw the publication of Inspection of Safeguarding and Looked After Children Services: Birmingham, an Ofsted report which summarised the findings of an inspection that was carried out last month. Among the conclusions is a statement that Birmingham City Council is failing to protect children; the news comes just a week after Tony Howell, the Council's current strategic director for children, young people and families announced that he will retire in January.
Further information about children's services in the city is available here, while the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board has a separate website. Readers may also want to look at this previous post, which deals with a 2009 report into social care in the city.