Topic of the month: FGM

Quite a sensitive issue for this month’s topic of the month – Female Genital Mutilation (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.

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