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The fabrication or induction of illness in children is a relatively rare form of child abuse. Where concerns exist about fabricated or induced illness, it requires professionals to work together, evaluating all the available evidence, in order to reach an understanding of the reasons for the child’s signs and symptoms of illness. The management of these cases requires a careful medical evaluation which considers a range of possible diagnoses. At all times professionals need to keep an open mind to ensure that they have not missed a vital piece of information.
By their nature these types of cases require expert input from a range of disciplines, in particular paediatricians. It is, therefore, essential that all staff members who come into contact with children whose signs and symptoms may be being induced or fabricated are aware that this form of abuse exists and know what to do and who to speak to within the school.
Staff members at Frederick Bremer School are aware of the possible ways in which illness can be induced or fabricated. Equally importantly, they have an awareness of their respective roles and responsibilities and how they should work together from the point at which concerns are considered.
The School have appointed a designated Single Point of Contact to help support students who show signs of having symptoms that are induced or fabricated. Please contact the staff member who is responsible for this area or the Designated Safeguarding Lead if this is not the same person and record the concerns in CPOMS.
For more information about Fabricated or Induced Illness please click here.