The Home Office has published multi-agency practice guidelines outlining the responsibility of each professional in protecting girls and women from FGM. Following consultation, these guidelines will become statutory in 2016. The guidelines clarify that health professionals are key to providing the needed care and support to women with FGM, and taking safeguarding actions to protect girls and women at risk.

FGM can be extremely traumatic for women who can experience a range of physical, psychosexual and psychological problems throughout their lives as a result. Healthcare providers have a responsibility to meet the needs of women and girls affected by FGM under their care and local healthcare commissioners must consider the available guidance on commissioning services by the Department of Health.

The National FGM Centre engages a pool of expert consultants and can offer bespoke consultancy services to healthcare providers who are considering the development of appropriate services for women and girls affected by FGM.

To find out more about training and consultancy services offered by the National FGM Centre, contact Sonita Pobi. Email: sonita.pobi@barnardos.org.uk

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