Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation is a not an uncommon issue and yet professionals sometimes struggle with this issue. The Home Office have published the attached information sheet to help professionals understand what it is; how to spot the signs and what to do about it. If you’re concerned that a child is at risk in Kirklees, contact the Duty and Assessment team. Posted 12/05/2014

This leaflet, supported by the Muslim Council of Britain, discusses the risks of FGM and the myths surrounding FGM practice and the Islamic faith.

In this short NSPCC clip survivors, community leaders and health professionals talk about their thoughts and experiences of female genital mutilation (FGM), female circumcision or 'cutting'.

Coventry University has designed a new app to educate young people about female genital mutilation. It is endorsed by the NSPCC and has been launched in the run up to the school summer holidays, a period during which a girl's risk of being taken abroad to undergo the procedure increases. The app, which works across most mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and lap tops via an internet browser, is aimed primarily at young girls living in affected communities and at risk from FGM. But it can also be used as an educational tool to teach young people and others the facts and realities of FGM http://petals.coventry.ac.uk/

Launch of UK Helpline on Female Genital Mutilation by NSPCC

A helpline, specialising in responses to female genital mutilation (FGM), is being set up and operated by the NSPCC, supported by the Metropolitan Police, and in association with a number of voluntary and professional groups, including FGM charities.

The Female Genital Mutilation Helpline was launched on Monday 24 June 2013 as a UK-wide service.  It will operate 24/7, and will be staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors who can offer advice, information, and assistance to members of the public and to professionals.  Counsellors will also be able to make referrals, as appropriate, to statutory agencies and other services.

The helpline can be contacted on: 0800 028 3550 and emails sent to fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk Updated 01/09/2014

Further Information

Risk and Safeguarding Guidance for Professionals
A Councillor's Guide
Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines
Goverment Resource Pack
National FGM Centre
West Yorkshire FGM Procedures
CPS Legal Guidance for FGM

To access a free e-learning on FGM click here https://www.fgmelearning.co.uk/ 

Reporting FGM

A new mandatory reporting duty for FGM has been introduced via the Serious Crime Act 2015, following a public consultation. The duty requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. The mandatory reporting duty came into force on the 31st October 2015.
FGM Reporting Form

FGM Strategy 2016

This document provides an overview of FGM, including definitions, prevalence and impact. Its primary aim is to provide advice and support to frontline professionals who have responsibilities to safeguard children, young people and adults at risk from the abuses associated with female genital mutilation (FGM). The Strategy sets out a multi-agency response and encourages agencies to cooperate and work together. To access the strategy please click here.

Toolkits and Useful Information

This provides useful information and contact details of agencies who are able to assist individuals.

To access Toolkit1 please click here.

To access Toolkit 2 please click here.

To access agency contact details please click here

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