In 2009, Birmingham Social Services was served with an improvement notice following the deaths of several children. Then in 2010, Ofsted rated the child protection services as inadequate but by 2011, a further inspection found that the services were improving.
However, a surprise inspection carried out last month has again measured the service as being ‘inadequate’ in all four areas of inspection: overall effectiveness; the effectiveness of the help and protection provided to children, young people, families and carers; the quality of practice; and leadership and governance.
The report found that “too many children and young people are left for too long without a robust assessment, leaving some children at risk of harm”.
Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board said that it accepted the findings.