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Meeting the National Reporting Requirements for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Monday 23 January 2017
De Vere West One, London

Meeting the National Reporting Requirements for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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-FGM is not an issue that can be decided on by personal preference – it is an illegal, extremely harmful practice and a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls… As FGM is a form of child abuse, professionals have a statutory obligation under national safeguarding protocols to protect girls and women at risk of FGM. Since October 2015 registered professionals in health, social care and teaching also have a statutory duty (known as the Mandatory Reporting duty) to report cases of FGM to the police non-emergency number 101 in cases where a girl under 18 either discloses that she has had FGM or the professional observes physical signs of FGM” Department of Health May 2016


-You can not end FGM through legislation alone. It takes all of us, to act & work together.” Christian Papalentiou, UK Home Office, 8th February 2016


-There are some actions which, once taken, can never be undone. Female genital mutilation is one such action – it changes everything. We owe it to survivors of this terrible practice to provide the best physical and psychological support we can, but we also need to strengthen the way we detect and report those potentially at risk, so that more girls and young women can be taken out of harm"s way…We know we still need to do more to strengthen FGM safeguarding and prevention across the NHS…I am sure NHS colleagues will continue to fulfil their wider safeguarding obligations under local arrangements as before. The mandatory reporting duty does not replace existing safeguarding obligations – rather it enhances the prevention response.” Jon Rouse, Director General, Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships Department of Health


-The NHS reported in February 2015 that 2,600 cases of FGM were treated in six months.” Vanessa Lodge, Chair National FGM Steering Group NHS England August 2015


Chaired by Vanessa Lodge Chair of the National FGM Steering Group at NHS England, this conference looks at improving services, safeguarding, and meeting the national reporting requirements for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Through national updates, extended sessions and case studies the conference will look at your obligations with regard to reporting FGM, safeguarding those at risk of FGM, and providing effective services for victims of FGM.

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