NetMums co-founder Sally Russell will take part in a conference looking at Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII), as one of four panel members.
The event comes after Researching Reform aired a podcast on FII and its impact on families in the UK.
FII (once called Munchausen’s by Proxy), is sometimes referred to as a form of child abuse, where a parent or carer exaggerates or deliberately causes illness in the child.
The phenomenon is controversial because of a lack of research and clear guidelines on FII, and a heightened risk around false diagnoses in cases where children have legitimate but complex diseases or illnesses which are hard to diagnose.
Russell, whose son has a form of autism called Pathological demand avoidance (PDA) , is joined on the panel by clinical psychologist Dr Judy Eaton, clinical psychology lecturer Dr Fiona Gullon-Scott and social worker Cathleen Long.
FII came to the PDA Society’s attention last year after several families got in touch to ask the organisation for support after being accused of harming their children. The society said they had received 15 enquiries over a period of 4 months, and that to date none of the cases had yet shown any evidence of FII.
The virtual conference, which has been organised by the British Association of Social Workers, takes places on Thursday 25th June, from 5:30pm to 6:30pm and is free to members. Non-members will be charged £12 per ticket.
You can access the event page and the booking form, here.
Further reading and listening:
- Fabricated Or Induced Illness in Children – Voice of the Child Podcast
- The Need for a New Approach to the Identification of Fabricated and Induced Illness – PDA Society
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Hi my 2 children were taken from me and now my ex partner. March 2018 .on fabricated illnesses. And domestic abuse. Hence we have been separated over 16months now .both of my children did have lots of symptoms my son as special needs. But they were saying my son doesn’t have epilepsy or tourette’s syndrome. I have lots of witnesses. That had seen my son having full blown seizures. The professionals put my son on medication. Not me .a few years passed. Because [edited] was always normal .let me tell you mines always been normal but I have full tonic seizures. There is no exact test to diagnosis of epilepsy only phone recordings and witnesses. Also thay said my son doesn’t have toureets. Every Saturday when I do WhatsApp on there weekly phone contact .alli see his my son facial tics and making a strange vocal noise. Say no more and as for my 13 yr old daughter she came down roughly about 5 years ago now with symptoms of dizziness blurred vision severe muscle and joint pains. We couldn’t even get her out of bed .her symptoms came on more wetting herself. Joint hypermobility .she ended up in hospital she didn’t get all the scores for elders danlos syndrome of marfans .but mri scan showed abnormalities in her spine such as bulging discs etc .even a paediatric doctor said we will help you with your marfans [edited]. This is why they took my children into foster care until there 18 my son is 16 now and my daughter is 13 now .the pain and heartache every day is terrible. I want my children back home 2yrs and 3 months now they took my children are should I say kidnapped them .social workers judges parent guardian are all on this .we call them masons. So when can I have my beautiful children back home with me there mum.
I’m so sorry. You may want to reach out to Legal Action for Women’s Tracey Norton who does a lot of work in this area. http://legalactionforwomen.net/contact-2/