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Fabricated Illness in the News

Jul 05, 2019

Safeguarding

FII (Fabricated or Induced Illness) is a rare form of child abuse which occurs when a parent or carer, usually the child's biological mother, exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child.

Andy Bilson, emeritus professor of social work at the University of Central Lancashire, says: "It is a really tricky, tricky subject. It is hard to do proper analysis of either the data or the real harm being done to families but it looks very much like we have got a huge increase in this and more and more families are being harmed by our misled attempts to rescue children."

The Royal College of Paediatricians is currently reviewing its guidelines on FII.

A spokeswoman said it was a 'hugely complex and sensitive subject'.

This articlefrom the BBC discusses the situation when a family has been falsely accused of this and the complexity of the issue.