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Can you tell me some more about this please and what remit the social worker is working with you under?
OK - I'll steer clear of technical terms, no problem at all.
I need to know why the social worker is working with you - is this as a vulnerable adult, or is it because of concerns about your child, for example?
What meetings have there been?
What have they done that you are unhappy about?
Your medical records can't be released or disclosed to anyone without your consent.
If there are speculative concerns about you, then these can be discussed with third parties in broad terms but disclosing your personal records/ reports is absolutely not OK.
You are looking at a significant data breach and a breach of your right to privacy.
You and the mother of your child have to give permission for social services involvement, and any prebirth assessment process is completely voluntary unless there is a court order in place.
I would also personally question the quality of the social work given that your assessments actually don't point to the risk factors that the social worker says they do - if the assessments had been read properly.
I'm pretty appalled, to be honest.
Absolutely - your doctor can't disclose your medical records without your permission and if these have been obtained without your consent and then distributed - there are so many issues here.
There are two separate things going on here though.
1. Social service concerns about you and whether they are valid - and if so whether their threat of removing your child is based on an assessment that will stand up in court
2. The failings of social services re your records.
The point being that the first issue is pressing, as your child may be taken into care if the assessments are not corrected and the second is shocking, but may have to take a back seat as you concentrate on the first issue.
I suggest focussing on;
a) Completing the assessment process to prove that the concerns are not valid; and
b) Holding social services to account but not being too confrontational. Though they have done a lot wrong, you need to know the time to pick your battles.