It is recorded that; the World Health Organisation estimates that 3 million girls undergo some form of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) each year (Dorekenoo et al 2007). Female Genital Mutilation is illegal in the UK but still affects a significant number of British girls and foreign nationals from a variety of cultures.
This workshop launches the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Local safeguarding Children Board Female Genital Mutilation resource pack and is aimed at; all those professionals (voluntary and statutory) who work regularly with children and families, and / or adults who are parents /carers and for those who have a greater degree of role accountability and responsibility for safeguarding children’s welfare, for fostering and adoption and for managers who have responsibility for staff supervision (Groups 2, 3 and 4).
- To introduce the practice of FGM in girls and women, exploring why it is practiced, the different types of FGM, its prevalence and its acceptance, along with how to recognise the signs and indicators and make appropriate referrals.
Dr. Emilia Wawrzkowicz, Designated Doctor and Consultant Paediatrician
Sally Giddins, LSCB Training and Workforce Development Manager