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Fabricated or induced illness in children: a rare form of child abuse?

NSPCC research briefing

By Anne Lazenbatt and Julie Taylor (July 2011)


Fabricated or induced illness in children: a rare form of child abuse? (PDF, 162KB) reviews the literature on fabricated or induced illness (FII), a form of child abuse where a child is presented for medical attention with symptoms or signs which have been fabricated or induced by the child's carer (also know as Munchausen syndrome by proxy).

This briefing looks at the findings from research on the prevalence of FII, what is know about the carers (usually mothers) who fabricate or induce illness in their child and the risks to the child. It also considers the difficulties in recognising FII and the management of a situation where FII is diagnosed. Includes implications for practice and policy recommendations.


Fabricated or induced illness in children: a rare form of child abuse? (PDF, 162KB)



Contact the NSPCC Information Service for more information about fabricated or induced illness or any other child protection topic