FGM Resources

National FGM Centre

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Resources for All Professionals

 

Below, you can find a selection of resources that can be used by professionals to help identify and manage cases where FGM has been identified or is a concern.

Learning

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E-Learning

This free online training course helps frontline professionals develop skills to identify and help girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Provides: an overview of FGM; professional responsibilities in FGM cases; information on how to prevent FGM; and how to support those who have been subjected to it. Although not exhaustive, the course enables professionals to develop a basic understanding of FGM and their role in protecting girls at risk.

FGM Leaflet

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.

Training Presentation

This powerpoint can be used to help professionals understand FGM as a form of child abuse and to be better able to identify and respond to it. Includes information on mandatory reporting, risk indicators and safeguarding duties. This is not the National FGM Centre’s Presentation.

Research

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Language/Terminology Guide

This document contains the traditional and local terms for Female Genital Mutilation by country and language. We recommend you ask the family what word they would use to describe FGM and you can use this document to help guide your discussion.

Legal Context - UK

Infographic highlighting the key pieces of FGM specific legislation in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Prevalence Map

Information on the prevalence of FGM across the world including regional variations, legal contexts and high risk age groups. Our interactive map is one of the most popular pages on our site, used by professionals across the country.

Other

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Statutory Guidance

This multi-agency guidance on FGM (2016) 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. This document includes guidance on FGM and the law, talking about FGM and risk indicators.

Mandatory Reporting

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.

Professional Development

The National FGM Centre offers a range of CPD accredited training that can be tailored to suit your services needs.

Resources for Social Care Professionals

Below, you can find a selection of resources that can be used by social care professionals to help assess and manage cases where FGM has been identified or is a concern.

All social care professionals have a mandatory duty to report KNOWN cases of FGM on girls under 18, to the police on 101. 

Safeguarding

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E-Learning

This free online training course helps frontline professionals develop skills to identify and help girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Provides: an overview of FGM; professional responsibilities in FGM cases; information on how to prevent FGM; and how to support those who have been subjected to it. Although not exhaustive, the course enables professionals to develop a basic understanding of FGM and their role in protecting girls at risk.

Medical Examination

UCLH has a dedicated monthly multidisciplinary clinic for girls under 18 years who have had, are suspected to have had, or may be at risk of FGM. We offer sensitive and appropriate care for affected children and young people. If you are worried a girl has undergone FGM, we recommend a medical is undertaken at the earliest point.

Practice Reflection

This tool is to be used by social workers when reflecting on FGM and other harmful practices (e.g breast flattening or child abuse linked to faith or belief) cases. Social workers should use this tool to reflect on their practice throughout a case. Social workers should aim to use this tool prior to supervision with their manager, and on an ongoing basis to then discuss within regular supervisions.

Supporting

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Local Support Services

The National FGM Centre has collected details of FGM support services across the UK. Just click your region to find out more.

FGM Protection Orders

These can be used to protect girls from FGM. They can be applied for by the girl herself, the family or the local authority.

Support Leaflet

The guide is produced as a resource for use in schools by young people and adults who work with young people. It provides basic information on FGM and related health and social issues. It aims to increase awareness of the law and about child protection issues and also offers ideas for helping girls at risk of FGM. The guide provides information of specialist health and support services in the UK.

Guidance/Policy

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Guidance + Assessment

The FGM Assessment Tool comprises of guidance and an online FGM Assessment that can generate a risk result based on the information you provide. This tool has been designed specifically for social workers.

Statutory Guidance

This multi-agency guidance on FGM (2016) 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. This document includes guidance on FGM and the law, talking about FGM and risk indicators.

BMAE Families Toolkit

Training toolkit aimed at helping professionals to develop effective practices for protecting and promoting the welfare of children living in circumstances which appear to be complex because of their faith, culture or nationality. Topics covered include: female genital mutilation; children with disabilities; forced marriage; domestic violence; sexual exploitation; trafficked children.

Resources for Health Professionals

Below, you can find a selection of resources that can be used in health settings to help support women and girls who have undergone/are suspected to have undergone FGM.

All health professionals have a mandatory duty to report KNOWN cases of FGM on girls under 18, to the police on 101. There is also a duty to record FGM on a women/girls records.

Safeguarding

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Suspected Cases

Confirmation that FGM has been carried out may be required as part of a safeguarding or criminal investigation and a timely appointment should be arranged for a physical examination as soon as possible

E-Learning

The e-FGM educational programme has been developed by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare and is provided free to all healthcare professionals, including school nurses, practice nurses, health visitors and GPs. The material deals with the issues posed by FGM at all stages of a girl or woman’s life.

Pocket Guide

This guide for health professionals contains information on what FGM is, the health complications, the law and safeguarding duties.

Supporting

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Clinical Handbook

This publication distils the evidence-informed recommendations into a practical and user-friendly tool for everyday use by health-care providers.

FGM Clinics in the UK

A list of FGM Specialist clinics in the UK as of October 2017.

Pregnancy Leaflet

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.

Guidance/Policy

Resources

Guidance + Assessment

Practical help to support NHS organisations developing new safeguarding policies and procedures for female genital mutilation (FGM). Includes assessment matrix.

Statutory Guidance

This multi-agency guidance on FGM (2016) 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. This document includes guidance on FGM and the law, talking about FGM and risk indicators.

Mandatory Reporting

Resources explaining healthcare professionals’ duty to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in girls under 18.

Resources for Education Professionals

Below, you can find a selection of educational resources that can be used in schools to educate young people, help aid conversations with parents and implement strong FGM policies.

We receive calls most weeks from teachers asking “How do I explore my concerns of FGM with the parents” or “This girl is going on holiday and we are concerned”. The below resources can be used to aid conversations with families and, if a concern is raised, to create a high quality referral to social care.

All teachers have a mandatory duty to report KNOWN cases of FGM on girls under 18, to the police on 101.

Safeguarding

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Identifying Risk

All schools should be alert to signs a girl is at risk of FGM. The risk may increase/decrease given the family context, for example the risk may increase while the girl is on holiday. The below guidance gives an overview of FGM, the risk indicators and safeguarding procedures.

Exploring Concerns

If you have a concern a girl is at risk of FGM, we advise you speak to the family first, unless you believe this will place a girl at risk. We have created a good referral guide that can be used as a prompt and guide for conversations with families.

Information for Parents

We recommend you give parents information regarding FGM so they can read it in their own time. This leaflet is specific to families going on holiday, however it can be used to educate families on FGM and the law generally.You can download and print the below or find more on our Knowledge Hub.

Lessons

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FGM Teacher/Trainer Guide

This guide is aimed at teachers and helps them understand safeguarding of children in general and safeguarding from FGM in particular.

Primary School

Any teacher leading a session with young people should have received training prior to the session being delivered.  This pack contains age appropriate sessions that can be delivered in primary schools.

Secondary School

Below is a selection of lesson plans that can be implemented into secondary school education. Please note, training should first be given to teachers before implementing these lesson plans.

Guidance/Policy

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Practical Guidance

This guidance has been produced to promote the practical steps a school can take to make sure that everyone – including pupils, parents and staff – knows about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and can play their role in safeguarding girls and young women from FGM.

Statutory Guidance

This multi-agency guidance on FGM (2016) 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. This document includes guidance on FGM and the law, talking about FGM and risk indicators.

Keeping Children Safe

Updated in 2018. Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on safeguarding children and safer recruitment.