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.