The FGM Conference: Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation
“There are some actions which, once taken, can never be undone. Female genital mutilation is one such action – it changes everything.” – Jon Rouse, Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
An estimated 137,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM), and at least 200 million have been subjected to the practice in 30 countries worldwide. NHS trusts and GP practices recorded attendance of around 2,000 individual women and girls between July and September 2017 where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM had been undertaken. More than 3 million girls are estimated to be at risk of FGM annually.
FGM is practiced for a variety of cultural reasons, but has no health benefits and can cause both short and long-term complications. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Both government legislation and campaigners are attempting to raise awareness about FGM, change cultural attitudes towards it and, ultimately, eradicate its practice.
The FGM Conference will bring together key influencers who will share their views on what can be done to protect women and girls in the UK from the dangerous practice of FGM. Join us to hear speakers discuss cultural attitudes and the impact of the practice, preventative measures introduced by the government, and what is being done to raise awareness.
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- Understand the latest developments in tackling FGM.
- Aims of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.
- Improve knowledge of how to identify girls at risk.
- Develop strategies to increase the identification and prosecution of FGM within practising communities.
- Increased knowledge of the UK law, safeguarding policies and challenges.
- Understand the mandatory reporting duty and who is affected by it.
- Discuss how to best provide professionals the necessary training and guidance to support victims adequately and effectively.
- Consider how to improve access to mental health services for victims of FGM.
Who should attend?
- CAMHS practitioners
- Children’s services
- Community safety and outreach teams
- Counselling services
- Crisis response teams
- Domestic violence and HBV teams
- Faith groups
- FGM liaison officers and specialist nurses
- Health service professionals
- Legal professionals, judges and magistrates
- Mental health teams
- Midwives and health visitors
- Refuges, housing services and advice teams
- Safeguarding adult/children teams
- Schools and children’s trusts
- Social workers and social services officers
- Victim support teams