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Social care services in Trafford are failing vulnerable and at-risk children - and bosses had no idea, a watchdog has said. Ofsted has rated the department 'inadequate' and demanded drastic improvements are made. Inspectors uncovered a catalogue of failings, detailed in a damning report. Council bosses were said to have had 'no awareness' of how bad things were - and thought services were 'good' or 'outstanding'. They were said to have had a 'serious lack of recognition' of a number of problems and, therefore, no plan of action. Some children don't get the support they need quickly enough, while others are left 'living in neglectful situations' for too long before they are taken into care, inspectors said. Full story

21 May