Recording meetings – openly or covertly – is becoming increasingly common. But is this a mark of distrust and suspicion or a useful tool?
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theguardian.com
The woman had no option but to live in the mother-and-baby placement provided by Medway council children’s services if she was to stand any chance of keeping her child. She had already protested to social workers that the foster carer was unsuitable. When nothing changed she began covertly recording the woman’s outbursts to in an attempt to prove the level of abuse she was facing. Judge Mary Lazarus said in her published judgment this month that “having listened to the recording, the mother was calmly and fairly meekly pointing out that the conversation was noisy for the baby”.
Commenting on the case, Andrew Pack, a local authority solicitor in the south-east of England and a blogger on legal matters writes, “not only had the foster carer shouted at the mother and racially abused her, but she lied about it in her notes and made up an allegation that it had been the mother who behaved badly towards her.”