Welcome to the parent's discussion board. My name is Suzie, one of FRG's online advisers.
As Children's Services are offering family support
under a child in need (or section 17 Children Act) plan this means they require your consent to contact agencies as part of a holistic assessment of your family's needs. When a social worker assesses your parenting capacity, they are required to report in an evidence based, balanced and non judgemental manner.
If you have a care history that you are worried about how this may effect the outcome, can I suggest you raise your concerns with the social worker in the first instance. It is always better to hear it first hand so they can assess how you make sense of your past, and what if any actions you have taken to attempt to address any unresolved issues.
You may actually find that your fears are unfounded and it has no bearing on the current assessment's recommendations. It all depends what is recorded on file. But I would say it is normally in your interests to disclose this information so the assessor can see that you are fully engaged in the assessment and can decide how relevant these details are to your current circumstances.
In the event that it was felt that you were seen to be hiding key information and had concerns that you were not cooperating they could decide to escalate their involvement to child protection
which may not be in your best interests.
If you wish to discuss your situation in more detail and speak to one of our advisers, can I suggest you contact our advice line on 0808 801 0366 Monday to Friday 09.30 to 03.00 pm.