WHAT IS FII (Fabricated or Induced Illness)?
FII is an extremely rare form of Child Abuse. It occurs when a parent or carer, usually the child’s biological mother, exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child.
FII is also known as Munchausen’s by proxy.
FII covers a wide range of symptoms and behaviours involving parents and carers seeking healthcare for a child. Behaviours in FII include a mother or other carer who :
Persuades healthcare professionals that their child is ill when they are perfectly healthy.
Exaggerates or lies about the child’s symptoms
Manipulates test results to suggest the presence of illness.
Deliberately induces symptoms of illness such as administering unnecessary medication or other substances
Frequent GP and Hospital Visits
Symptoms only appear when parent or carer is present
The parent or carer has good medical knowledge or a medical background
If healthcare professionals suspect FII you will normally be referred to a community paediatrician.
A senior doctor will examine the case and medical evidence to determine whether there is a clinical explanation for the child’s symptoms.
If FII is suspected a detailed chronology of the child’s medical history will be put together and Children’s Services will be contacted. Schools will be contacted to check for regular absences. The Police may also be contacted at this stage.
FII accusations are on the rise and seem to be the latest ‘trend’ that Children’s Services are using to try and remove children from loving families that have only tried to seek support and help for their children.
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OR ARE ABOUT TO BE ACCUSED OF FII PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT US.