I thought that this clip from Youtube might be worth watching. It shows the sort of thing which can happen when there is a little bit of good will on both sides. Interestingly enough, I understand that Alison Sauer helped train the local authority officer who features in it.
I love the fact that the father remarks that he enjoys the group because 'it is about education'! Whoa, steady on there! Radical stuff. What else would a home education group be about, one wonders? Very revealing comment.