Identifying and Reducing the Risk of Female Genital Mutilation
Identifying and Reducing the Risk of Female Genital Mutilation is an important course for frontline professionals and volunteers. It equips those involved in work with children and young adults with the underpinning knowledge to safeguard and deal with victims of FGM (female circumcision).
It has been estimated that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 are at high risk of FGM in the UK each year and that 66,000 women in the UK are living with the consequences, although its true extent is unknown due to the hidden nature of the crime.
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Why Attend the Identifying and Reducing the Risk of Female Genital Mutilation course?
This training course provides professionals with the underpinning knowledge to be confident when dealing with victims of female genital mutilation, implementing best practice and ensuring the victim is safeguarded against further risk of significant harm.
Deborah Morris is the lead trainer for the delivery of this important training course. Deborah is passionate about Safeguarding vulnerable children, young people and adults from harm. Being the deputy chairperson for a Sexual Exploitation Panel and a prominent member of a local authorities’ exploitation of children and adults investigative team means that Deborah has first-hand experience of dealing with emerging risks to the safety of children, young people and adults in the UK.
Deborah is a trained nurse and works within a multi-agency team as part of a safeguarding board that delivers safeguarding training to health, social care and other professionals that work directly with children, young people and adults in some of the most deprived communities in the North of England.
Research for this training has been carried-out using the most up to date information from government, local authorities safeguarding boards, health professionals, social workers and faith leaders and those professionals and organisations who have in-depth knowledge of cultural practices that are in direct contravention to safeguarding legislation.
Deborah strongly believes that Education is the key to preventing harm to our vulnerable children, young people and adults and that professionals and practitioners often need the confidence and support to deal effectively with instances of harm they may come across in their day to day practice.
This course is aimed at frontline professionals and volunteers within agencies that work to safeguard children and young people from abuse and protect adults from abuse. This includes, but is not limited to, health professionals, NHS staff, police officers, children’s social care workers, teachers and other educational professionals and Community and Faith leaders.
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Introduction To FGM
· Explore the statistics, trends and the aims of the training.
· Identifying Girls and Women at Risk
· Universal and Key Messages
· Cultural Underpinnings and Motives of FGM including why it happens and understanding the cultural awareness
· Known Risk Factors
· Known Protective Factors
· Legislation and Guidance including:
· Types of FGM
· Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003
· Group Task/Case Study
Putting Learning Into Practice
· FGM taking place overseas
· Prevalence of FGM
· Short and Long Term Implications on Health and Welfare including Mental Health and Psychological Problems
· Good Practice to Follow
· Legal Interventions
· Signs and Symptoms Group Task/Case Study
How Professionals Can Make a Difference
· Discuss current practices/protocols within your agency.
· How you can influence changes
Other cultural differences to be aware of:
· An overview of witchcraft and juju
· Summary of the day
· Links to guidance and future support for practitioners
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By the end of this course you will be able to:
- Understand the statistics and latest research in relation to FGM
- Identify the high risk groups
- Have an awareness of the risk indicators in the UK
- Identify the different reasons why FGM occurs
- Identify the physical signs of a victim who has undergone FGM procedures
- Know how to use the current legislation and guidance
- Have an awareness of the issues to consider when working with FGM children and young women
- Know when and who to report the offence to
- Have an understanding of other different cultural practices i.e. witchcraft and juju
Find out more about the Identifying and Reducing the Risk of Female Genital Mutilation training by registering your interest. Or click here to secure your place at this essential training course for anyone involved in safeguarding children and young adults.