National FGM Centre

Newsletter Articles


Below is a selection of articles that have been featured in our quarterly newsletter. We are grateful to all of our guest writers for taking the time to write these pieces. If you are interested in writing for us please contact us.


Project Violet: Responding to Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief – A Police Perspective

Insp. Allen Davis

(Inspector – Continuous Policing Improvement Command, MPS)

In this article, Inspector Allen Davis talks about Project Violet, the Metropolitan Police Service’s response to CALFB. Allen gives advice to professional and covers some of the reasons why a child may be accused.

Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief (CALFB)

Dr Lisa Oakley

(CPsychol, SF HEA, Chair of National working group for child abuse linked to faith or belief, Senior Lecturer Psychology)

In this article, Lisa writes about CALFB in the context of the UK, including prevalence, the challenges for practitioners and the the current action plan in place to tackle the abuse.


A Barrister’s Perspective on the Challenges of Applying for FGM Protection Orders

Dr Charlotte Proudman

(Barrister – Family Law and Public law)

In this article, Charlotte writes about “A Barrister’s Perspective on the Challenges of Applying for FGM Protection Orders”. Including what FGM Protection Orders are, the thresholds for applications and the evidence that is required to support the one.

Protecting girls at the border

Hayley Benson

(Former Border Force Higher Officer)

In this article, Haley describes what is it like “Protecting girls at the border”. She discusses Operation Limelight and her experience spotting girls at risk leaving and coming into the UK.


A Few Words from our FGM Appeal Chair

Anita Goyal

(Director and trustee of the Hemraj Goyal Foundation

In this article, Anita Goyal talks about her work with the National FGM Centre, why she got involved and what she has learnt during her time. Anita also talks about the events she has organised with the Centre, from a Fashion Show to a Conference and more.

Swedish School Nurses Visit to the Centre

Anna Lorentzson, Gun Geschwind and Agnetha Edgren Mårtegård

(School Nurses)

In this article, Anna Gun and Agnetha talk about their recent visit to the Centre to learn about how we work with children and young people and how they have implemented it in Sweden.