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What happens

Fabricated or induced illness

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.

Content supplied by the NHS and adapted for Ireland by the HSE.

page last reviewed: 31/10/2018
next review due: 31/10/2021

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