Female Genital Mutilation
News and presentations from today’s conference looking at improving services, safeguarding and meeting the national reporting requirements for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
National update and developments to tackle FGM
Vanessa Lodge, Chair, National FGM Steering Group, NHS England
"Over 50% of all England FGM cases are recorded in London.
Age 5 - 9 at higher risk
1 in 3 cases from Somalia
Safeguarding responsibiliies: It's an offence, including taking a child out of the UK.
There is a safeguarding pathway for FGM .
7 Clinics in London for FGM and 7 outside of London."
Information sharing and decision making around reporting FGM in adult women
Dr Sharon Raymond, GP, Care UK, and Author, ‘FGM: A Handbook for professionals in health, education, social care and the police’
Dr Sharon Raymond discusses:
"THE 4Cs QUESTIONNAIRE A USEFUL RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL: (copyright Dr Sharon Raymond, 2015)
- 1. DO YOU COME FROM A COMMUNITY THAT PRACTICES CUTTING?
- 2. HAVE YOU OR ANY MEMBER OF YOUR FAMILY BEEN CUT?
- 3. FOR WOMEN AND GIRLS ASK :DOES ANYONE INTEND TO CUT YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW?
- 4. FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE PREGNANT OR MOTHERS OF DAUGHTERS ASK: DO YOU OR ANYONE YOU KNOW INTEND TO HAVE YOUR DAUGHTER(S) CUT?
A YES TO AT LEAST ONE OF THESE QUESTIONS INCREASES THE RISK OF FGM-FOLLOW LOCAL SAFEGUARDING PROCEDURES."
Effective screening and risk assessment for FGM
Yvette Robbin Coker, Training and Development Coordinator, FORWARD UK
Yvette Robbin Coker comments:
"Girls and women at risk:
-School age girls from countrues with high prevelance of FGM.
-Women who have undergone FGM - may need support and/or medical attention"
"If we know someone is here as a cutter, we should report them."
Effective screening - It is important to get it right on the first occasion.
Risk assesment Ensure a calm atmosphere and be sensitive."
Pre-Event abstract: Effective Screening and risk Assessment for FGM
This presentation focusses on identifying a few screening and risk assessment procedures in relation to FGM. The presentation will draw on the experiences shared during training sessions with professionals and community members. In order to contextualise the discussion focus would be FORWARD’s work in Bristol where extensive work has been done with community members as well as professionals. . Reference would also be made to the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board. The suggestions made are not exhaustive but provide an insight. The detailed presentation will provide a reading list for further reference.
23 January 2017