Cerebra and the University of Leeds FII (Fabricated or Induced Illness) Survey

08 July 2022

We are carrying out a survey to gather more information about the extent of accusations of FII and PP and would like as many families with disabled children as possible to take part in it.

Cerebra and the University of Leeds FII (Fabricated or Induced Illness) Survey

08 July 2022

We are carrying out a survey to gather more information about the extent of accusations of FII and PP and would like as many families with disabled children as possible to take part in it.

Survey

Cerebra has become increasingly concerned over recent years with an apparent rise in reports from families with disabled children which suggest that a significant number have been accused of creating or exaggerating their child’s difficulties. Instances of this kind are referred to as ‘Fabricated or Induced Illness’ (FII) and sometimes as ‘perplexing presentations’ (PP). You can find more information about FII and PP here.

We want to understand how many parent carers of disabled children have experienced allegations of this kind, when and how these happened and what the consequences were for the families concerned. So, we are carrying out a survey to gather more information about the extent of accusations of FII and PP and would like as many families with disabled children as possible to take part in it.

The survey will be anonymised and the responses will be analysed by our Legal Entitlements and Problem-solving (LEaP) Project Research Team under the supervision of Professor Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of Social Justice at the School of Law, the University of Leeds.

The findings of this research will be published in the Spring of 2023. Previous research reports of this kind produced by the LEaP Project can be found here.

Please share the link to this article with any families with disabled children who you think may be interested in it.

The survey will close on 31 August 2022.

Please Note: we are sorry, but we are unable to provide any advice concerning individual cases where an FII/PP allegation has been made. The reason for the survey is to gain information for research purposes.

12 thoughts on “Cerebra and the University of Leeds FII (Fabricated or Induced Illness) Survey”

  1. Accused of Fii maliciously by camhs, then by school because they clearly identified my children would be expensive to educate and then the paediatrician once the whole lot of them closed ranks.

  2. It was suggested my Son was at risk of emotional harm as l wouldn’t accept he didn’t have Autism or ADHD. They reported me to Social care.
    My Son is now diagnosed with a rare Chromosome syndrome, Autism ADHD and Hypermobility.

  3. Wendy Johnston

    Accused of FII by SW. SS told CAMHS, education and Medical professionals to ignore anything I said about my children. Took 9 years and a move 500 miles south to get my kids diagnosed. They were 15 and 16 by that time.

  4. Accused by children’s services in Cumbria, psychologist denied I had Fii but then started I pathologists my children claiming they had neurological issues they don’t out of over half my children are now confirmed diagnosis of Adhd or Asd or both!

  5. Experienced this in Rotherham despite my children already having their diagnoses and both my husband and I sharing the same diagnoses. This only came about because we complained about CAHMS using their autism as an excuse to deny mental health support for their anxiety

  6. Going through this right now in Rotherham all because CAMHS have refused treatment and have failed my child. It’s disgusting that these monsters exist in healthcare

  7. Words are never enough to convey the damage done to my children, by so called professionals.
    Trust no one, question everything, sign nothing and pick up your kids and RUN

  8. Georgia Tuckey

    I had ‘concerns’ expressed and a subsequent referral to L.A from a paed neuro. She spent 55 mins talking about another patient, I lost the will with her consultation style so went to the U.S. diagnosed and treated son (since confirmed by U.K. specialists) the referral followed. My sons GP was a godsend, he was having none of it, he knew I wouldn’t harm my son, so too was our consultant nurse. The LA in fairness concluded nothing to see here.

  9. Rosemary Northing

    My child’s life was put at risk from significant harm when a school nurse denied and advocated the denial ky son didn’t have epilepsy. I was accused of exaggeration and FII was found in some Dr Notes this resulted in a withdrawal of medication and Epilepsy diagnosis. The seizures got worse and my young person nearly died 3 times. Thankfully I moved to a different county with a different approach who listened and were very supportive. My young person is epileptic again and has the support in place. We had to move away from friends, family and a very corrupt multi agency system.

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