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Fabricated or induced illness

Fabricated or induced illness: What happens

It can be very difficult to confirm a suspected case of fabricated or induced illness (FII).

We generally assume that a parent or carer will always act in the best interests of a child. Unless there's compelling evidence to suggest otherwise.

Protecting the child

If a health care professional suspects FII they will try to gather enough evidence to make a case to TUSLA. They will make an assessment of the child's risk.

Garda investigation

The Garda will investigate if there's enough evidence to bring criminal charges.

Page last reviewed: 31/10/2018
Next review due: 31/10/2021

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