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Child deaths inquiry in Birmingham

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A team of experts is being sent to work alongside another local council's social services department after concerns about the deaths of a number of young children.

The announcement of an intervention team for Birmingham City Council follows the deaths of eight children known to the department.

Birmingham City Council's social services department was included those rated by Ofsted in a recent survey as being "inadequate" in safeguarding vulnerable children.

A week ago, an inquiry was launched in Doncaster following the deaths of seven children.

According to a BBC report, intervention teams have also been sent to Reading, Wokingham, Essex, and West Sussex.

A DCSF spokesman told the BBC that after the appointment of the intervention team, ministers would decide shortly if further action was needed in Birmingham.

Birmingham City Council said it remained committed to caring for children and promised to learn lessons from these cases.

Child protection standards in England and Wales have come under scrutiny since the conviction of three adults for causing the death Baby P in Haringey in August 2007.

The 17-month-old boy died from horrific injuries despite having been seen by child support professionals 60 times.

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