FGM Risk and Safeguarding Guidance for Health

Published March 10, 2017   |    Updated May 4, 2017 2:02 pm

DEVLOPED BY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

Summary of Document

This guide has been created to help health professionals identify and assess the risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) for patients in your care and to support the discussion with patients and family members.

This guidance will help you to:

–  Start the conversation and confidently discuss FGM with patients and their families.

–  Use the risk assessment tool to assess whether your patient is either at risk, or had, FGM. Also to identify whether your patient has children or whether there are other children in the family / close friends who are potentially at risk of FGM.

–  Safeguard your patients appropriately, including understanding when to refer to social care and the police.

–  Learn more about FGM, including the different types, the health impacts, a world map of where FGM is practiced and the different names and local terms used to describe FGM.

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