I posted this on a thread in opinion but it started me wondering, are other heads having similar experiences : "I am in daily contact with the social care team in my area. This year I have seen a tremendous increase in the number of malicious reports to social care. In my area this is one of the biggest drains on resources. The usual pattern is: mum and dad split, split is acrimonious, mum reports dad to social care and vice versa, hours spent investigating groundless allegations. Doesn't matter how many times they do this, each allegation has to be investigated. A more recent development, becoming increasingly popular, 2 mums are friends then their kids fall out, so the mums fall out, mum a makes up an allegation about mum b. again hours spent investigating. Mum b usually retaliates in kind... you get the picture. The latest development- teacher tells child off, parent reports teacher to social care. Thousands of pounds and man hours wasted. Social services are the new weapon of choice." Anyone else feel like they spend all their time taking phonecalls from the police and Social care, meeting with parents, acting as intermediary and generally getting stuck in the middle? I'm in a medium sized primary, deprived area. All I seem to have done this year is sort out family feuds and friendship issues between parents!