D v NSPCC [1978]

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