Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls. The multi-agency FGM guidelines seek to provide advice and support to frontline professionals who have responsibilities to safeguard children and protect adults from the abuses associated with FGM. It provides information on:
- identifying when a girl (including an unborn girl) or young woman may be at risk of being subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to protect them
- identifying when a girl or young woman has been subjected to FGM and responding appropriately to support them
- and, measures that can be implemented to prevent and ultimately eradicate the practice of FGM.
The following information is intended to support professionals in education (pre-school, schools, colleges), health (GP surgeries, community and acute healthcare trusts), social care and other community services who work with families where young women are potentially or actually at risk of falling victim to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
FGM is a serious form of assault and child abuse. It is recognised as a serious crime in Britain, and any individual responsible for making it happen faces a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
For more information and/or support about how to join the fight against this cruel and senseless form of child abuse, or to report an actual or suspected case of FGM in Southampton, contact:
Children and Young People
Southampton Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH): 023 8083 3336
Out of Hours: 023 8023 3344
Adult Safeguarding: 023 8083 3003
Confidential Whistle Blowing Helpline: 0800 072 4725
Police (non emergency): 101
NHS (non emergency): 111
Emergency Services: 999
Training - FGM e-learning training modules
Raising awareness of female genital mutilation. The five e-learning modules are free of charge to all NHS staff via the ‘e-learning for health’ platform and cover a range of issues in relation to FGM at all stages of a girl or woman’s life including:
- Introduction to FGM
- Adult women both pregnant and non-pregnant
- Children and young women
- Communication skills for staff
- Legal and safeguarding issues.
These e-learning modules have been developed by Health Education England and are available at: www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/female-genital-mutilation
Female genital mutilation risk and safeguarding – guidance for professionals Published by the Department of Health in March 2015, this provides support to NHS organisations when developing or reviewing safeguarding policies and procedures around female genital mutilation (FGM). It can be used by health professionals from all sectors, particularly designated and named safeguarding leads, and local safeguarding children board members. The guidance is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-women-and-girls-at-risk-of-fgm
‘Statement Opposing FGM’: This wallet-sized leaflet is a preventive tool for families travelling to FGM practising countries. It can be shown to family members who may be pressuring a girl to undergo FGM. It is signed by a number of government Ministers and clearly states that FGM is illegal, details the health problems it causes and lists sources of support. Available in English and ten other languages: www.nhs.uk/fgm and www.orderline.dh.gov.uk
Patient Information Leaflet: More information about FGM - This leaflet is to be given to patients identified with FGM. It defines the different types of FGM, explains the health consequences and the help and support available, and provides information on the FGM data being collected in the NHS. Available in English and ten other languages: www.nhs.uk/fgm and www.orderline.dh.gov.uk