Female Genital Mutilation - Resources, training & Information
Resources are available to combat Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
It is clear that the profile of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has increased considerably over the last couple of years as a result of the Department of Health FGM Prevention Programme and launch of the NSPCC FGM Helpline (0800 028 3550).
FGM, also known as female circumcision, cutting or sunna is a crime and a safeguarding issue. It is everyone's responsibility to safeguard young girls in Gloucestershire from being subjected to this dangerous and illegal practice.
Below are a number of updates which all frontline professionals need to be aware of:
- The Home Office formally launched the new FGM unit in December last year. The unit acts as a hub for effective practice, gathering and sharing examples across local areas and professionals groups. The unit will work with professionals from across the sectors to develop policies and processes. For more information about the unit you can email FGMenquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk
- This is a reminder that should you come across a HBV (Honour based Violence), FM (Forced Marriage) or FGM issue, the HBV working group would like you to anonymously capture this information by completing and submitting the HBV monitoring form. This is NOT a referral form for services/safeguarding but purely to monitor numbers and prevalence
- Training - should any professional from across all agencies require training about FGM, HBV or FM, there are free Home Office e-learning packages available:
- Home Office - FGM Page
- Home Office - Forced Marriage Page
- Also available through the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board is a new FGM, HBV, FM one day training course developed locally in collaboration with Infobuzz. A pilot of this course was run for the first time on the 26th February; details of this course and all future courses together with details of the e-learning training can be accessed via the GSCB website: Safeguarding Training.
- Please also visit the new website Glos Take a Stand Website for more information about these issues.