Female Genital Mutilation
Stephanie Whitelaw, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children & Young People is the Trafford lead for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?
Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting, is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”.
What you must do
If you are a professional and worried about someone who is at risk of FGM you have a responsibility to inform children’s social care, which in Trafford is the Multi Agency Referral and Assessment Team (0161 912 5124).
From October 2015 it became law to report to the police any known cases of FGM. Please see the Mandatory Reporting of FGM factsheet below.
FGM guidance, procedures and information
- Greater Manchester FGM multi-agency protocol
- National statutory multi-agency guidelines on FGM: for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults
- Mandatory reporting of FGM: procedural information
- Mandatory Reporting of FGM: factsheet
- FGM risk and safeguarding: Department of Health March 2015
- Commissioning services to support women and girls with FGM: Department of Health March 2015
- FGM E-learning course
- FGM intercollegiate guidelines
- FGM pocket guide for healthcare professionals: NHS England March 2016
- FGM prevention programme: understanding the FGM Enhanced dataset
- Home Office online training: self registration
- Voices of the community: Exploring FGM in the African Community across Greater Manchester (AFRUCA March 2015)
Other organisations that can help are:
Helpline: 0808 800 5000
The New Step for African Community (NESTAC) is a non-profit organisation (registered charity), established to support Africans and immigrants, particularly those living in the North West of England.
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