The Home Office and Karen Bradley MP have issued an updated female genital mutilation (FGM) resource pack containing guidance, case studies and support materials for local authorities, professional services and specialist voluntary organisations.
It is designed to highlight examples from areas where effective practice has been identified and to emphasise what works in fighting FGM.
FGM is illegal in the UK. It is a practice that takes place worldwide in at least 28 African countries and in parts of the Middle and Far East. It also takes place within parts of Western Europe and other developed countries, primarily among immigrant and refugee communities. UK communities that are at risk of FGM include Somali, Kenyan, Ethiopian, Sierra Leonean, Sudanese, Egyptian, Nigerian, Eritrean, Yemeni, Kurdish and Indonesian women and girls. Anyone who commits FGM faces up to 14 years in prison, a fine, or both. Anyone found guilty of failing to protect a girl from risk of FGM faces up to 7 years in prison, a fine, or both.
The updated resource pack features:
information on legislation;
case studies where FGM has been experienced by girls and women in the UK;
information on what local authorities can do to raise awareness of FGM in their local area and safeguard children; and
links to support organisations, clinics and helplines that can help people who think they might be at risk.
Recognising and preventing FGM training is available for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities. It gives an introduction to FGM and the action you must take to protect girls who may be at risk.
Bristol’s new mayor is joining young people, key organisations, professionals and community figures from across Bristol to renew calls for a zero tolerance approach to FGM. An official launch event is taking place today (13 May 2016) at the University of the West of England to kick off a series of activities happening before the summer holidays, when girls are thought to be most at risk. Click here to read more.