Draft multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation (for consultation): annex A

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Great Britain. Home Office
Home Office
Date of publication
1 July 2015
Criminal Justice Services, Children and Young People, Health Services
Social welfare
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In 2011, the previous Government launched multi-agency practice guidelines for front-line professionals such as teachers, GPs, nurses, and police. The guidelines seek to provide advice and support to frontline professionals who have responsibilities to safeguard children and protect and support adults from the abuses associated with female genital mutilation (FGM). As it is unlikely that any single agency will be able to meet the multiple needs of someone affected by FGM, these guidelines set out a multi-agency response and strategies to encourage agencies to cooperate and work together, and outline what they need to consider when provided services, be that specifically to support FGM survivors, or general services where organisations must pay due regard to safeguarding against abuse.

The guidelines provide information on: what FGM is and the cultural context and the population at risk within England and Wales; identifying when a girl (including an unborn girl) or young woman may be at risk of FGM and responding appropriately to protect them; identifying when a girl or young woman has had FGM and responding appropriately to support them; and measures that can be implemented to prevent and ultimately eradicate the practice of FGM.

This updated version of the guidelines has been prepared for a consultation.

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