Children in local authority care in Rochdale who reported sexual and physical abuse were failed by the council, its chief executive has said.
Steve Rumbelow said events at Knowl View School and Cambridge House Hostel had “cast a long shadow over the town”.
He apologised, saying the council’s response to reports of abuse dating back to the 1960s was “unforgiveable”.
He added it was working to safeguard young people and assisting the Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
The independent inquiry which opens on 9 October will examine recent allegations into sexual abuse and exploitation of children residing at or attending Cambridge House and Knowl View.
It will also investigate if there were any “institutional failings”.