The referral from Mental heal services was made on 15/12/2012 and I was only contacted for the first time on 26/03/2013. Section 47 was initiated on 16/04/2013. Did the social services break the law by taking so long to initiate initial assessment? The initial assessment was done on 3/05/2013 and up to today I did not receive any outcome in post nor on phone thought the social worker made clear that she has no concerns about our children ( she met them at home and saw their bedroom). Is there any time limit to close the case? Can she deliberately leave the case open?