Mum who asked school to support autistic son accused of having Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy

Today I came across an article and thought I would post it on the blog.  We have had a lot of parents/families that have been in this situation, where health professionals have actually accused them of having Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.  This is a condition where a parent/carer exaggerates or makes things up about a child/person having fake ilnesses/sypmtoms.  We have had families in touch with us where their children have actually been taken away from their parents.  This shows what a bad state of society we have when professionals are accusing parents of having this, when in actual fact all parents want is help and advice from local servises/ health teams to support their children.  A huge injustice to the family but also to the children .



SolihullWest Midlands UK – Jenny Lockleywas suspected of having Münchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSBP) after she asked school staff to give more support to her son Sam who has autism.

Staff at Lady Katherine Leveson Church of England Primary School accused Jenny of making up Sam’s autism after she demanded that Sam needed more help in the classroom.

The Mail Online reports that nursery 

school teachers

dismissed 3 diagnoses of autism, one by a world-renowned doctor and that Jenny described the whole experience as being that of a ‘witch hunt’. 

The article also reports that almost 800 people have signed an internet petition calling on theNational Autistic Society (NAS) to act against accusations being used as a ‘bullying tactic’ by schools and local authorities.

Jenny said:

“This scandal has to be exposed before more damage is done.”

Jenny only found out that she was being investigated as a ‘Münchausen’s mum’ after she demanded to see council documents about herself using the Freedom of Information Act.

She found that staff at the school secretly watched her coming into school with Sam and her older daughter Laura, now 18, so as to prove their case.

The Mail Online also reports that they also held a secret meeting about her parenting skills during which ‘child protection issues’ were raised.

Jenny said:

“I was gutted to find out what they had engaged in, which was basically a witch hunt. My world fell apart.”

Jenny told that problems started when she tried to get Sam, now 12, assessed for special needs, but was told he was fine.

She has spent £10,000 on private medical reports proving that her son needs extra help, and has spent £14,000 on lawyers’ fees. Solihull Council finally funded a place at a private school for autistic children in 2010.

Carol Povey from the National Autistic Society said:

“Many families across the country struggle to get a diagnosis of autism for their child, and report that local authorities and professionals can lack the necessary understanding of the lifelong developmental condition.”

A spokesman for Solihull Borough Council said:

“We do not comment about the circumstances of individual cases.”

The full article by Stephen Adams in the Mail Online can be read here


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