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Councils leaving children at sex-abuse risk, says Ofsted

Children's services inspectors at Ofsted are warning that failings by councils are putting vulnerable children in England at risk of sexual exploitation and abuse.

Ofsted says that, despite a string of scandals, local plans to tackle the problem are "underdeveloped", and leadership is "frequently lacking".

However, on Tuesday Ofsted itself was criticised by a committee of MPs for failing to expose abuse in Rotherham.

Today presenter Sarah Montague spoke to Debbie Jones, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 19 November.

  • 19 Nov 2014
  • From the section UK