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Ok let me see if I can help you with this. Are any of the children on plans at the moment with the LA?
Have they raised any recent complaints
I can not really see anything to worry about - it may just be clumsy social working
The difficulty is that you have not (and perhaps this is because they have not) provided any details of a change in circumstances.
This is my point - LAs do not normally seek a pre-birth assessment unless they consider that there has been a worrying change of circumstances - or the family/children are already a concern based on neglect or emotional harm etc. You have indicated that this is not the case. Clearly you have to work with the LA - but I would be minded to meet with the social worker and team leader so that you can know from them what is going on - you are entitled to know.
Ultimately you need to be telling them that you will be wanting to instruct public law family specialists.
Thank you for your question
I shall try and assist you
The first step is to try and stay calm - however hard it is.
Having Social Services involve din your life is always frightening - even worse when you are pregnant
It is most likely that some old information - already dealt with and no longer an issue - has come to light and has triggered this pre birth assessment.
From what you have said you are in a very different place and there are no concerns so once it has been completed all will be well.
HOWEVER if you allow your understandable fears to colour your approach to the social worker then things could get worse so do please try and be calm with them and remember even if the assessment goes against you (which i am sure it wont) you will get a day in court (many of them) and can argue your case
You are welcome. Remember I am not saying that you are being foolish - quite the opposite - just that you need to control those fears carefully