Recognizing and Responding to FGM
Finding out about Female Genital Mutilation and its Impact on Victims
Safeguarding Against FGM
Female genital mutilation (FGM) describes procedures where the external female genitalia is partially or completely removed, or where injury to caused to female genital organs without there being a medical reason for doing so.
“FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It is nearly always carried out on minors and is a violation of the rights of children. The practice also violates a person’s rights to health, security and physical integrity, the right to be free from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, and the right to life when the procedure results in death.” World Health Organisation
Where line managers, professionals in health and social care or teachers receive disclosure regarding FGM from a girl under 18, or if they observe physical signs, they are required to report it to the police non-emergency number 101.
I created this course in response to a growing need for greater awareness of FGM in our communities. The wider the knowledge about this issue, the more we are able to break down the silence that has allowed this abuse to continue. I am a professional midwife and nurse, with experience of working with FGM victims.
The Safeguarding Against FGM course will cover:
- Fully accredited course
- Identification of 4 different types of genital mutilation as defined by WHO
- How to recognise whether FGM has occurred
- Asking the right questions about FGM
- Safeguarding procedure
- Community considerations where FGM has been raised as an issue
- Simple mnemonics to help you retain the information you’ve received.