Not really sure where to post this but anyway here goes!
When I was a child we had regular (6 monthly maybe) visits from the DSS, this was the only time my mum would ever do cleaning etc --which is totally why I’m a complete slattern now-- so was quite a big deal and I don’t remember them checking our flat particularly but they would talk to my mum whilst I was there, I don’t remember them specifically asking me questions or anything. My mum was a single parent (my dad was married and she was his mistress although he saw us often) I have wondered a few times as an adult, why SS were involved just curiosity really, it is there any way of finding out now - 40 odd years later? I’m nc with my mum and my dad is dead so no other way of finding out really.
So is it possible there would be records somewhere? Does anyone know? TIA
I would think individual policies would vary by jurisdiction, so it will depend where you are most likely. I found this for Northumberland County by means of an example of their policy:
The policy is specifically to retain the records for 35 years after the case is closed, unless the child is or becomes looked after (in which case the retention policy is 75 years from the date of birth) or adopted (in which case the retention period is 100 years from the date of the Adoption Order)
Thanks everyone, I’m still in the same area so I’ll give them a call tomorrow and find out where to go from there hopefully. Thanks for your concern Polter, appreciated, and I must admit your comment did make me stop and think for a minute, and you’re right of course, but if I had to guess I’d say maybe concerns of neglect/benefit fraud rather than anything more sinister. I’ll post again if I find out anything (possibly not details iyswim but more the facts/process). Thanks again
SS seemed to have more time back then so it might not be anything sinister. We had a social worker who used to pop in every few months to 'say hello' because my mum had eight kids. Literally no other concerns at all, just sheer volume of kids. Maybe SS were involved with you because your mum was a single parent.
I think some organisations wll charge the £10 for data protection requests (although in my view it would be worth it to see older records like that) but I am not sure if that applies to social worker records and after May 2018 there will be no data protection charges as the law changes. Is your mother still alive? Ifshe is then they may not be allowed to give to you (a different person from her) information about your mother by the way.
In the UK, there is no legal problem with leaving kids alone, but what you did could be seen as neglect. I know it can be okay in other countries to give kids more responsibility, but I'm not surprised the social worker got involved.
The situation with your partner sounds hard and a bit confusing.
Do you have anybody you can talk to about this? Is there anybody at the school?