received complaint about treatment of 1 year old girl, and they investigated.
brought action against NSPCC for negligence in their investigation.
denied negligence and sought order there should be no discovery of any documents
which might reveal identity of complainant.
that its duties required absolute confidentiality – if not its sources of information
might dry up.
would be contrary to public interest.
of Appeal recognised that law allowed immunity from disclosure of identity in
civil proceedings to police informers.
immunity should be extended to those who gave information about neglect or
ill-treatment of children to local authorities or NSPCC.