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Birmingham children's services: Timeline of the problems

Keanu Williams, Khyra Ishaq, Toni-Ann Byfield and Keegan Downer
Image caption Clockwise from top left Keanu Williams, Khyra Ishaq, Keegan Downer and Toni-Ann Byfield died in Birmingham

A series of child deaths in Birmingham saw the city council's children's service branded a "national disgrace" and consistently rated "inadequate" by Ofsted.

The government appointed external commissioners to oversee the department but improvements have "not gone far enough, fast enough", the Department for Education has said.

The council subsequently announced a plan for children's services to be run by a trust.

Image caption Toni-Ann Byfield was a ward of court when she was shot dead
  • February 2009: Council served with improvement notice by government
  • February 2010: High Court rules Khyra was "failed by social services"
  • July 2010: Serious case review says Birmingham social services is still failing to protect children
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Image caption Khyra Ishaq starved to death at her home in Handsworth
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Image caption A serious case review into the death of Keanu Williams in January 2011 heavily criticised all agencies involved in his care
  • October 2013: Council admits it has 106 social worker vacancies
  • December 2013: Council announces a £10m investment plan for children's services
  • March 2014: Council restructures social services and Lord Warner is appointed independent commissioner
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Image caption Bernadette McNally decided not to be take up the role of executive director of children's services
Image caption Keegan Downer was murdered by her legal guardian Kandyce Downer

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