Cerebra and the University of Leeds FII (Fabricated or Induced Illness) Survey
Why are we carrying out this survey?
Cerebra is concerned about reports from families with disabled children which suggest that a significant number have been accused by practitioners of creating or exaggerating their child’s difficulties when trying to get help to meet their child's needs. Instances of this kind are often referred to as ‘Fabricated or Induced Illness’ (FII) or, sometimes, as ‘Perplexing Presentations’ (PP).
We want to understand how many parent carers of disabled children have experienced allegations of this kind, when / how these happened and what the consequences were for the family.
Please do not provide any personal identifying details in this survey – such as your (or any other person’s) name or addresses etc. The survey responses will be checked to ensure that all identifying details are removed and the anonymised responses will then be analysed by our Legal Entitlements and Problem-solving (LEaP) Project Research Team under the supervision of Professor Luke Clements, Cerebra Professor of Social Justice at the School of Law, the University of Leeds.
The findings of this research will be published in the Spring of 2023. Previous research reports of this kind produced by the LEaP Project can be accessed here.
If you know of other parent carers of disabled children who might be interested in completing the survey, please share it with them.
The survey has ten questions.
For any further information please email Derek Tilley at:
Please note that the survey will close on 31 August 2022.
Important: we are very sorry, but we are unable to provide any advice concerning individual cases where an FII/PP allegation has been made. However, some information on support resources, which you may find useful, can be found here.