A new report on Birmingham's children's social care department makes for uncomfortable reading. Following criticism from Ofsted, a team of government inspectors examined practice within the city, concluding that the department was "not fit for purpose."
Although the city council has accepted the report's findings, local MP Khalid Mahmood has dismissed the exercise as a "whitewash." To make up your own mind, you can read the full text of Who Cares? Protecting Children and Improving Children's Social Care by clicking here.