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24 JAN 2017

Mandatory FGM reporting in healthcare: updated guidance and resources

Mandatory FGM reporting in healthcare: updated guidance and resources
The Department of Health has issued updated guidance explaining healthcare professionals' duty to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in girls under 18.

Healthcare professionals must report to the police any cases of FGM in girls under 18 that they come across in their work. This duty came into force on 31 October 2015. These revised documents support healthcare professionals to carry out this duty. They include:
  • guidance on what healthcare professionals should do if they think a child has had or is at risk of FGM
  • guidance for confirming ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds
  • a poster explaining what the duty means for healthcare professionals
  • a training package to introduce the duty to healthcare professionals
  • a leaflet explaining the duty to patients
The original resources (produced on 30 October 2015) have been updated and now include new information on confirming suspected FGM in children.

You can also watch Vanessa Lodge (National FGM Prevention Lead) and Juliet Albert (Specialist FGM Midwife) discuss what the new duty means for professionals:



Further resources

The Department of Health has produced several other FGM videos to aid healthcare professionals.

Training and advice for healthcare students about FGM safeguarding and support:




Jennifer Bourne (RGN Queens Nurse and Project Manager for FGM Prevention Programme) and Amanda O'Donovan (onsultant Clinical Pychologist) discuss the impact of FGM on mental health:




Susan Bookbinder asks survivors of FGM what healthcare professionals can do to give FGM victims the best possible treatment and care:


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