Myself and another legal rep were a little taken aback to be told recently that we were ‘making a meal of it’, ‘it’ being the alleged assaults by a father upon his children by blows to the head. Not – apparently – a child protection concern because the kids, now just in double digits, don’t present as frightened. Well – ok then. This gem was from the social worker involved with the children. I say ‘case’ – there is no social work file – as said social worker has closed it. However the legal case runs on. And we sort of thought maybe, just maybe, the judge would be a bit interested in ‘it’ and might require a bit of disclosure so we could decide if it was necessary to hear evidence about the alleged assaults (social work view: ur…what for?). Pesky lawyers, what do we know about risk? Sticking our oars in and upsetting the apple cart. Clearly not every social worker has got Baby P paranoia.