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Child abuse

Fabricated or induced illness

Fabricated or induced illness (FII) is a rare form of child abuse. It occurs when a parent or carer exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in a child, and can cause significant harm both physically and emotionally.

It can involve a well child being presented by a parent or carer as ill or disabled, or an ill or disabled child being presented with a more significant problem than they actually have.

The NHS have produced a useful guide outlining the signs and causes and what happens if someone suspects FII.

The Government have produced statutory guidance for professionals on protecting children where carers or parents make a child ill or pretend a child is ill.

Getting help

NHS

Detailed medical information about fabricated or induced illness (FII) including the signs, causes and what happens if FII is suspected.

nhs.uk/conditions/fabricated-or-induced-illness

NSPCC

Information and advice about what to do if you think a child is being abused in any way. Confidential helpline available 24 hours a day.

nspcc.org.uk

0808 800 5000

Childline

Children and young people aged under 19 can call the confidential helpline (available 24 hours a day) or chat online with a counsellor.

childline.org.uk

0800 1111

If you are concerned that a child is being abused please call

0345 155 1071

or email mash@devon.gov.uk.

If it’s an emergency call 999


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