FGM: RCN Guidance for Sexual Health Care

Published January 10, 2017   |    Updated April 7, 2017 4:45 pm

DEVLOPED BY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Summary of Document

Sexual health care takes place in various settings across the NHS and the independent sector. Contact with women and girls offers an important opportunity to talk about FGM and support the safeguarding of girls and women who may be at risk of FGM or who may have been subjected to FGM. Consequently, sexual health and GUM practitioners should be aware of the possibility of FGM in girls and women they treat, and particularly in girls who may present with genito urinary conditions

This publication focuses on those professionals working in sexual health care services, such as sexual health clinics, genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics and children services.

This guidance also includes an A4 pathway which can be used as a quick reference and is intended to guide the development of local services when caring for girls and women who may be at risk of or have been, abused through FGM.

This document includes:

–   An role of sexual health services

–   Best practice during consultation and self-assessment

–   Resources

and more…