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Safeguarding children in whom illness is fabricated or induced

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    Department of Health
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    8 August 2002
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    Crown Copyright

This guidance is intended to provide a national framework within which agencies and professionals at local level - individually and jointly - draw up and agree upon their own more detailed ways of working together where illness may be being fabricated or induced in a child by a carer who has parenting responsibilities for him or her.

The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) have updated the 2002 guidance to take account of the new duties under the Children Act and to clarify some issues. In updating the guidance DCSF have addressed many of the findings and proposals from the DH review. See the updated guidance here.

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