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Children's services look set to be closely monitored following the failings over the Baby P scandal.
Ofsted inspectors have called for changes to the way most serious incidents of abuse are investigated, after reporting a third of serious case reviews were inadequate.
Chief inspector Christine Gilbert said: "Too many opportunities are missed and too many vulnerable children are still being let down by the system designed to protect them.
"Action is needed to stop children falling through the gaps between agencies. This is not a new message - but one which must be heard and acted upon with real urgency."
Three senior staff at Haringey Council have been suspended after an inspectors' report into the sufferings of Baby P, including Sharon Shoesmith, the director of children's services.
Children's Secretary Ed Balls said an independent report has painted a "devastating and damning" picture of failings by the north London local authority over the horrific death of the 17-month-old boy in August last year.
Earlier, the council's head, George Meehan, and its Cabinet member for children and young people, Liz Santry, both quit their jobs in light of "devastating" findings by inspectors into the council.
The removal of Ms Shoesmith and both resignations come three weeks after a trial found 17-month-old Baby P died at the hands of his mother, 27, her lover, 32, and their 36-year-old lodger, Jason Owen.
The tot died in his blood-spattered cot after suffering more than 50 injuries. He had a broken back, eight fractured ribs and had swallowed one of his teeth after being hit in the face.
This was despite being on the child protection register and having been seen more than 60 times by heath and social workers during his short life.
Mr Balls said people who deal with children's safety must be "accountable". He said he had ordered a new serious case review into Baby P's death, with an executive summary to be published by the end of March.
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