"… a rare form of child abuse. It occurs when a parent or carer, usually the child’s biological mother, exaggerates or deliberately causes symptoms of illness in the child."...
"Allegations of fabricated or induced illness (FII) against parents are on the increase from councils trying to avoid paying for special needs services"
"Note here the assertion refers to allegations and not confirmed cases..."
"The claim that local authorities are effectively using a loophole and using internal child protection procedures to avoid complying with statutory obligations is a serious one and no doubt any public servant would be keen to do what they can to ensure that any such fears were allayed. Maybe parents and other interested parties can help. For example, a request to a LA using the rights available in the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to find out the numbers of FII cases in a particular year and also whether the children in question had or were being assessed for an EHCp* may help."
*EHCp - Education, Health and Care Plan
Beware of the motivation behind the master class on fabricated illness to be held in Inverness: