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October

National FGM Centre 2nd National Conference

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

In the past year more than 5,700 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were reported by healthcare providers in England. Children’s services, health, police, education and the legal system are all increasing their awareness of FGM with recent changes in safeguarding policies and procedures, inspection and data collection regimes. Despite this, the extent of the problem and the most effective ways to work with girls and families affected by FGM are still largely unknown.

The National FGM Centre’s second annual conference will give senior managers, commissioners, service managers and practitioners from across statutory and voluntary services a rare opportunity to learn about new, cost effective models of service delivery and the current evidence base from experts in the field.

Safeguarding girls at risk of FGM and supporting those who have undergone FGM presents new challenges for children’s services, healthcare, the police, and schools and those working directly with affected communities. These include how to work effectively together in a multi-agency context, with joint inspections looking at the effectiveness of front-line safeguarding, including in relation to FGM, and how well the different agencies work together.

This second annual conference from the National FGM Centre will provide participants with the latest knowledge on how services can be transformed to prevent new cases of FGM, protect girls and women, support those affected by FGM and work in partnership to provide responses for girls and their families.

To view the slides from the day please click here

November

VAWG Conference

NELFT and the Thurrock Community Safety Partnership are delighted to host the 2016 Violence Against Women and Girls Conference.

This event is aimed at all front line professionals in health, social care, police, education and voluntary sector with a remit for safeguarding both adults and children.

The National FGM Centre will be facilitating a workshop on FGM at the conference

VAWG Poster.

July

“Between two cultures” : A rapid PEER study exploring communities’ views on Female Genital Mutilation in Norfolk and Essex, UK.

In the beginning of 2016, the National FGM Centre conducted a rapid PEER research into community attitudes to FGM in two of its pilot sites. The report published in July, shares the findings from the study, carried out by migrant women and men living in Norfolk and Essex, UK.  Eighteen Peer Researchers, (15 women and 3 men) were recruited through local community organisations and trained and supported by FORWARD and Barnardo’s to design and carry out conversational interviews with their peers focusing on life in the UK, and Female Genital Mutilation. The study focused on low prevalence areas as identified in the UK Prevalence study on FGM.


The aims of this research were to:

–     Shed light on the lived realities of migrants from these countries and gain insights into their communities’ views on FGM in the UK as well as back in their country of origin.
–     For the first time, research attitudes and support for FGM in predominantly white British areas that are considered “low prevalence” for the practice.
–     Use the findings to inform and strengthen FGM prevention programmes.
–     Empower those involved in the research, strengthening their voice and ensuring that they are at the centre of research and programmes that concern them.

The findings reveal increased risks to FGM for communities facing isolation and language barriers that are not reached by awareness raising and prevention programmes. The findings also reveal increased risk of domestic violence amongst communities that struggle with integration in primarily white British areas and do not have access to support.

You can access the full report here.

“Home Affairs Select Committee Roundtable Discussion on FGM”

The National FGM Centre was invited as an expert witness by the Home Affairs Select Committee on FGM to examine progress in UK policies and procedures around the prevention of the practice. Our Head of Centre, Celia Jeffreys advised the Committee on the effectiveness of the 2015 legislative changes and ongoing barriers to prevention and prosecution of FGM. The Home Affairs Select Committee will be publishing a report on the roundtable findings in the coming months.

First annual FGM data released by HSCIC

The Health and Social Care Information Centre published the first ever annual figures for female genital mutilation in England, showing that between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 5,702 new cases of FGM in England. The data was recorded by health professionals under the new mandatory recording scheme introduced in July 2015. Although most girls and women with FGM were born in Africa, 43 girls were born in the UK and 18 of those had the procedure here.

The CEO of Barnardo’s Javed Khan said in the Times: “Shockingly, today’s figures confirm that women and girls born in the UK have undergone FGM, despite the practice being illegal for over 30 years. Yet there still hasn’t been a single successful prosecution to hold perpetrators to account.

FGM is child abuse and it’s vital that we change hearts and minds about the practice. Agencies must work better together to prosecute those who fail to protect girls from this type of abuse.”

You can access the full Times article HERE

You can access the HSCIC annual figures HERE

“The Face of Defiance”: Portraits of FGM survivors
In early 2015, psychotherapist and female genital mutilation (FGM) campaigner Leyla Hussein approached photographer Jason Ashwood with the idea of a photo project that celebrated FGM survivors as beautiful, confident, and proud of their achievements, despite their suffering.
The result was The Face of Defiance, a series of portraits of and interviews with UK women who have survived FGM. You can read more about this inspiring project HERE

Fatoumata Jatta

Fatoumata Jatta

August

FGM Risk Assessment Matrix pilot

The National FGM Centre is piloting the first ever Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM) for FGM in Social Care provision. Unlike other forms of abuse, FGM is harder to identify as it often happens in loving families with no prior history of abuse, and warning signs are harder to identify. Social Care professionals have struggled with assessing the risk of FGM, and until now, no tool existed to support them. The RAM aims to change that. The pilot will take place in Thurrock, Suffolk, Newham, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster City Council, Kensington and Chelsea, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets over August and September 2016. The pilot will be independently evaluated by the University of Leeds. Following evaluation, the Centre will review the RAM with the aim to roll it out across the UK in 2017.

Upcoming work in the Home Nations

The National FGM Centre is expanding it’s reach in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. We are busy meeting with local experts and we will be developing new resources in our Knowledge Hub for each of the home nations. If you live or work in the home nations and you would like us to consider some resources for inclusion in the knowledge hub, please email us at nationalfgmcentre@barnardos.org.uk. Check our Knowledge Hub in September to find out more.

September

CYPN Award Nomination

The National FGM Centre has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Children & Young People Now Awards 2016 within the Safeguarding Award Category!

The ceremony announcing the winners will be held on the 24th of November. #CYPNowAwards

 

CYPN awards logo2016 Finalist (2)Breast Ironing Focus Group

The FGM Centre and Birmingham and Solihul Women’s Aid facilitated a focus group on breast ironing. Ladies from all over the world including Cameroon, Nigeria, Uganda and India all joined to discuss their knowledge of breast ironing as a practice. The topic provoked lots of conversation around FGM and FM as well as VAWG in general as it was found that many of the reasons people used for breast ironing were also those used for other harmful practices.

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FGM Risk Assessment Matrix pilot

The National FGM Centre is piloting the first ever Risk Assessment Matrix (RAM) for FGM in Social Care provision. Unlike other forms of abuse, FGM is harder to identify as it often happens in loving families with no prior history of abuse, and warning signs are harder to identify. Social Care professionals have struggled with assessing the risk of FGM, and until now, no tool existed to support them. The RAM aims to change that. The pilot will take place in Thurrock, Suffolk, Newham, Hammersmith and Fulham, Westminster City Council, Kensington and Chelsea, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets over August and September 2016. The pilot will be independently evaluated by the University of Leeds. Following evaluation, the Centre will review the RAM with the aim to roll it out across the UK in 2017.

April

On Monday, 11th of April, our Head of Centre, Celia Jeffreys, will be in Belfast participating in the  Northern Ireland FGM Steering Group. We will be hearing from local stakeholders to plan our future work in Northern Ireland.

May

Sheffield Stakeholder Event

The National FGM Centre is teaming up with Ashiana to organise a stakeholder event in Sheffield on the 26th of May.

On the day, local stakeholders from health, education, social care, the police and the voluntary sector will be exploring how women and girls at risk or affected by FGM in Sheffield can be provided with the right support and safeguarding throughout their lives. 

This is an opportunity to inform national work and share good practice.

Through a series of discussions, delegates will:

– Inform the work of the National FGM Centre
– Share best practice in engaging communities to effect change
– Share best practice in multi-agency working to protect girls and support women affected by FGM.

Please join us for tea, coffee and cake and the opportunity to inform national work and share good practice.
Key findings from the day will inform local and national strategy.

To access the reports from previous stakeholder events, please visit the Knowledge Hub.

June

Salford University 2016 FGM Conference

Our Head of Centre, Celia Jeffreys, will be a key speaker at the Salford University FGM Conference, talking about the mandatory duty to report FGM. The Conference taking place on June 16th hosts a number of high level speakers including the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health, Jane Ellison MP and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Karen Bradley MP.

For more information and a full agenda, please visit FGM Conference 2016

 

“Cuttin’ It” – Q & A after theatre performance at the Young Vic

The National FGM Centre will be holding a Q&A after the performance of “Cuttin’ It” at the Young Vic theatre on June 7th. Cuttin’ It — a joint production between the Young Vic and the Royal Court — is about two teenagers living in England, both originally from Somalia, with different attitudes to FGM. Campaigner and FGM Survivor Sarian Kamara will be joining us for the Q&A session after the performance.

The acclaimed play by Charlene James seeks to address concerns that FGM is a “cultural” practice while exploring the reasons this extremely harmful custom has persevered over generations. You can read more about the play in the Evening Standard. And you can book your tickets at the Young Vic website.

January

Free from Fear, Free from Pain: Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation in Europe

The Head of the FGM Centre, Celia Jeffreys, will be speaking at the European Symposium “Free from Fear, Free from Pain: Eliminating FGM in Europe” organised by Public Policy Exchange on the 27th of January.

This timely symposium will provide an invaluable opportunity to gain an understanding of the current EU legal framework and what more needs to be done to eradicate FGM. The symposium will also examine how a multi-sector approach can be strengthened, and explore issues around prevention, the importance of specialist services and the greater role of health and education providers in ensuring better awareness and early intervention.

You can find out more about the symposium here:

http://www.publicpolicyexchange.co.uk/events/FA20-PPE2.php

February

International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM conference 2016

The National FGM Centre, in partnership with the Department of Health is delivering a free one day conference:

“International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation 2016: The National Perspective and Progress”

This Multi-Professional Conference will be held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Regent’s Park, London on Monday 8 February, 2016.

This national conference is being held to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM – this is a free event open to all those working in health, social work, police, education, community or affected by FGM.

The event will bring together FGM professionals, campaigners, survivors, experts and communities from across England, to share knowledge and discuss practical action, as we work together to safeguard women and girls.

The programme includes Jane Cummings, chief nursing officer for England, who will be speaking, along with a series of workshops to ensure you come away from the day with a fuller understanding of: mandatory reporting; how to educate; enhanced dataset; safeguarding risk assessments; community engagement and the next steps needed to prevent FGM.

To request your place:
Register here

Or email: info@profileproductions.co.uk
Places are limited, and will be confirmed by the conference organisers within two days of your request.

For any queries, tel: +44 (0)20 3725 5840 or email:info@profileproductions.co.uk

Birmingham Stakeholder Event

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 at 14:00 – Boston Tea Party, City Centre, United Kingdom

World Cafe Event – How can the National FGM Centre ensure that girls and women at risk or affected by FGM in England are provided with the right support and safeguarding throughout their lives?

This National FGM Centre Stakeholder event is organised in partnership with Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid.

This is an opportunity to inform national work and share good practice.

The starting question for this event is:

‘How can the National FGM Centre ensure that girls and women at risk or affected by FGM in England are provided with the right support and safeguarding throughout their lives?’

This question will be used as the starting point in our World Café event to create a series of conversations with our expert delegates that will enable you to :

– Inform the work of the National FGM Centre
– Share best practice in engaging communities to effect change
– Share best practice in multi-agency working to protect girls and support women affected by FGM.

Please join us for tea, coffee and cake and the opportunity to inform national work and share good practice. All delegates will receive a copy of the novel “What Was Never Said” by Emma Craigie.
Key findings from the day will inform local and national strategy. Findings from all National FGM Centre stakeholder events will be shared with policy makers to inform national policy and practice.
Refreshments will be provided.

Register here

Please note that spaces are limited.

 

Middlesex University FGM Conference

The Middlesex University FGM conference has been designed to attract all health professionals, education, and social workers attendance. It offers a journey through the problems encountered by women experiencing FGM and professionals role with managing and supporting these. The Head of the National FGM Centre, Celia Jeffreys, will be speaking at the event.

The conference will take place on February 20th, from 9am – 5pm at the Middlesex University Hendon Campus.

 

Conference Programme

The Conference is being developed in two parts; the morning session is an introduction to the child in the FGM clinic, working with survivors’ stories from Leyla Hussein and to women’s equality and law followed by a question and answers session chaired by Theresa Bourne, Associate Professor, School of Health and Education, Middlesex University. The afternoon session consists of two learning sessions that will be running in five parallel workshops tackling FGM from a wide range of perspectives including social work, gender, compassion, sexual health, cultural views, midwifery, children and psychology.

The event will be supported by the Diasporan Hands theatre group performance.

Middlesex University Conference Brochure

March

Visit this page for upcoming March events

October

FGM Mandatory Reporting comes into force

From 31 October onwards, regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales have a mandatory requirement to report visually confirmed or verbally disclosed cases of FGM in girls under 18 to the police.

The duty was introduced through the Serious Crime Act 2015, following a public consultation. The Home Office has been working with professional bodies and the police to prepare for its introduction.

To help professionals understand and comply with the duty, the Home Office also published guidance which sets out the legal requirements it places on them and the process to follow for making reports. It also contains an overview of the action which may be taken if they fail to comply with the duty.

The guidance also includes information for the police on what to do when they receive a report.

You can find links to all relevant guidance and procedures on the mandatory reporting duty at the National FGM Centre Knowledge Hub.

First National FGM Centre Conference

Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Karen Bradley, announces mandatory reporting of FGM

Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation, Karen Bradley, announces mandatory reporting of FGM

On 20th of October, 2015, the National FGM Centre held a one day conference on the mandatory reporting duty to report FGM introduced by the Serious Crime Act 2015 to help tackle FGM across England and Wales.

On the day, the Minister for Preventing Abuse and Exploitation Karen Bradley MP announced that the duty would be coming into force from 31st October onwards. The duty makes it mandatory for regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report visually confirmed or verbally disclosed cases of FGM in girls under 18 to the police.

As well as hearing from the Minister, delegates also heard from subject matter experts including the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for FGM, Commander Mak Chishty; Psychotherapist and leading anti-FGM campaigner, Leyla Hussein; Royal College of Midwives’ Professional Policy Advisor, Janet Fyle and Pam Bowen, the National lead on FGM and Senior Policy Advisor for the Crown Prosecution Service.

The full conference programme can be accessed here:

conference programme.pdf

You can access photos from the event here:

Mandatory reporting conference photos

November

Memorial Service to Efua Dorkenoo OBE

Equality Now helped organise a memorial service celebrating the life and work of Efua Dorkenoo OBE, mother of the anti-FGM campaign, who sadly passed away on October 18th, 2014. The service took place on 26th of November 2015 at St Margaret’s Church in Westminster Abbey and there was a special performance by the South African Choir Joyful Noise. Moving tributes were read by, amongst others, the Under Secretary of State for Public Health Jane Ellison MP, the Chief Executive of the Royal College of Midwives Professor Cathy Warwick CBE, prominent anti-FGM campaigner Leyla Hussein and her beloved son Ebow Graham.

You can access the memorial page to Efua Dorkenoo here:

Efua Dorkenoo memorial page

Ending Female Genital Mutilation in Coventry Conference

Celia Jeffreys, Head of the National FGM Centre, spoke at the second ‘Ending FGM in Coventry’ Conference on Tuesday, 3rd of November 2015 in the Coventry Welcome Centre.

This was a one-day conference aimed at professionals from health, social, care, education, safeguarding, the third sector, police and members of the community. The conference aimed to provide delegates with an opportunity to learn about Coventry’s work to tackle FGM as well as national progress.

London Stakeholder Event

Discussing how to safeguard girls and women at risk at the London Stakeholder Event

Discussing how to safeguard girls and women at risk at the London Stakeholder Event

The National FGM Centre organises a series of stakeholder events around the country with the purpose of informing the work of the National FGM Centre, sharing best practice in engaging communities to effect change and promoting multi-agency working to protect girls and support women affected by FGM.

The first stakeholder event was held in London on the 17th of December and was attended by a number of frontline professionals from social care, the police, health, education and the voluntary sector. The event was held in the style of a World Café and participants discussed a number of key questions on how best to meet the needs of women and girls at risk from and affected by FGM living in London. A scrapbook from the day is being developed and will be uploaded in the Knowledge Hub resources. The scrapbook will also be given to the Mayor of London.

“I really enjoyed the roundtable debate and the questions posed. Excellent”

Senior Public Health Practitioner

“Really participatory and engaging. Didn’t feel like there was an hierarchy”

Outreach Worker

December

Family Court Statistics Quarterly Publishes first figures on FGM Protection Orders

In December 17th, the quarterly family court statistics for the first time included figures for FGM Protection Orders (FGMPOs). FGMPOs were introduced in July 2015 to enable concerned third parties, such as social workers, to apply for girls to be made subject to protection orders issued by family courts. However, the first published statistics revealed that only 28 applications for FGMPOs were made around the country and only 18 of these orders were upheld.

In an interview with the Guardian newspaper, the Head of the National FGM Centre, Celia Jeffreys, urged frontline professionals to be braver to protect girls at risk: “We’re just starting to get to grips with how we use the orders and how useful they can be. Professionals need more support to enable them to do this and it’s something the centre is working on. But I would say be brave, use them.”

You can read the full Guardian article here

Only 18 FGMPOs issues to protect girls since launch

And you can access the family court quarterly statistics here

Family Court Statistics Quarterly

You can read more about FGM Protection Orders through the Knowledge Hub.

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