FGM Guidance for all Professionals
(National FGM Centre, 2018)
This comprehensive guide for social workers forms part of our FGM Assessment Tool. The guidance provides information and tips on how to deal with FGM cases from analysing the referral, gathering information, questions to ask, analysing risk (with the online assessment) and safety planning.
(Department of Health, 2015-17)
This guide for healthcare staff includes the Department of Health FGM Screening Tool, guidance on recording FGM Cases, mandatory reporting duties and safeguarding pathways.
(Department for Education, Department of Health and Social Care and Home Office 2016)
This multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It includes general information on FGM, FGM Protection Orders, the law and safeguarding duties.
(Department for Education and Home Office 2016)
A mandatory reporting duty for FGM 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 FGM duty came into force on 31 October 2015. This document gives relevant professionals and the police information on the mandatory reporting duty.
FGM Resources for Families
(National FGM Centre, 2018)
This leaflet has been created by the National FGM Centre to help educate professionals and families on Female Genital Mutilation. Topics include what FGM is, the consequences and what to do if you are worried.
(Part of the Serious Crime Act, 2015)
Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FGMPOs) offer a legal means to protect and safeguard victims and potential victims of FGM. FGMPOs are granted by a court and are unique to each case. They contain conditions to protect a victim or potential victim from FGM. This could include, for example, surrendering a passport to prevent the person at risk from being taken abroad for FGM or requirements that no one arranges for FGM to be performed on the person being protected.
(Home Office, Department for Education, Department for International Development, Department of Health and Social Care, and Ministry of Justice, 2016)
Families travelling overseas to countries where FGM is prevalent should take this statement with them. The passports can be downloaded in several languages. They can show it to their families as it clarifies that FGM is a serious criminal offence in the UK with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison for anyone found guilty. Overseas relatives, or whoever is caring for them abroad, may also be guilty of an offence if they fail to protect all family members from FGM being carried out.
(National FGM Centre, 2016)
This leaflet is for pregnant women who have disclosed or have been identified as having FGM. It explains why a case may be referred to social care, what the law and health consequences are and links to how a family can protect their daughter. The leaflet also shows a diagram of the female genitalia that is labelled for women to be able to identify the types of FGM.