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Social services report 'critical'

A report into social services at Birmingham City Council is expected to be highly critical.

The report, commissioned following the death of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq, is expected to criticise absenteeism amongst social workers.

Two people have been charged with Khyra's murder.

Councillor Jon Hunt, from the investigating team, said he was worried the council may not have done the best for children in the city.

'Problem building'

The report will be made public in autumn.

It is also expected to say that too many children in the city are trapped in the care system for too long.

"It seems to have been a problem building up over many years and we are just starting to get to the bottom of it," Mr Hunt said.

The council has said it was committed to publicly releasing the full report into the circumstances of Khyra's death.

Her stepfather and mother, Junaid Abuhamza and Angela Gordon from Handsworth, were charged with murder following her death in May last year.

The council has also said it had a new management team in place for social services and it was having success in recruiting new social workers.

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