Identifying and responding to fabricated or induced illness

15:30 - 16:30

Fabricated or induced illness is one of the most challenging presentations of child abuse social workers can encounter and it can have a severe and long-term impact on children’s health.

It can involve parents or carers deliberately causing a child’s illness or injury, or falsely reporting symptoms of an illness and presenting the child for unnecessary medical tests.

In this practice-focused talk, social workers will learn about:

  • The main forms of fabricated or induced illness, what they involve and the types of behaviours they can include
  • The signs that may indicate a child is experiencing fabricated or induced illness
  • What to do if you suspect fabricated or induced illness is happening and how to work with non-social work colleagues to protect a child

Gretchen Precey, independent social worker and trainer,