Topic of the month: FGM

It is estimated that 137,000 girls and women in England and Waleshave been affected by FGM, according to the NSPCC.

On 31 October 2015 The Serious Crime Act 2015 introduced a new duty for regulated health, social care and teaching professionals to report cases of FGM when identified in a girl under 18 years old (https://www.rcn.org.uk/clinical-topics/female-genital-mutilation) – so if you are working in the HSC sector, or would like to in the future, you need to be aware of just what FGM is and what to do to report it.

What is female genital mutilation (FGM)?
FGM refers to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for cultural or other non-medical reasons.

Currently, it is illegal in the UK to perform FGM, or to take a child outside of the UK to perform FGM, but many people think that there should still be more awareness of the issue and are lobbying for campaigns to teach both adults and children about the risks and signs of FGM.

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