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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)


This course will increase your understanding of the issues surrounding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It will also help you handle situations appropriately where FGM has occurred or might occur.


The course aims to help anyone who works with children or has regular contact with children to recognise and respond to situations where abuse linked to Female Genital Mutilation has occurred or may occur.

For example, those who work in schools, healthcare, social care, faith organisations, community groups or the police.

About this course

The course will increase your understanding of abuse relating to Female Genital mutilation. It will also help to reduce any anxiety you may have about carrying out your safeguarding responsibilities when working with or dealing with people who have different belief systems. The course is split into four modules:

  • The Hard Facts
  • The Beliefs Behind FGM
  • The Impact of FGM
  • Challenges for the Professional
  • This course contains additional resource materials, useful links and four refresher guides.


    In this course you will:

  • Know what FGM is and when and where is it performed
  • Know the facts and figures
  • Understand the laws that help to protect women and girls from FGM
  • Understand the socio-cultural context, including the perception of FGM as a religious obligation
  • Know the facts and figures
  • Know what the impact of FGM is
  • Understand the attitudes towards FGM
  • Know how to identify an FGM victim or potential victim
  • Know how to help prevent and ultimately eliminate the practice
  • Know the principles to follow when FGM is suspected or has been performed
  • Know the roles of different professionals


    Here are some of the topics covered in all four modules:

    What happens? | UK numbers | What is FGM? | The procedure | What happens to victims? | FGM across the globe | FGM in the UK | Its origins | What laws are there to protect women? | Voices from the FGM community | The beliefs behind FGM | The reasons | Controlling women  | FGM and religion | Hygiene, femininity and aesthetics | Social pressures and expectations | Cultural change in the UK | Clerics and communities reject FGM | A personal story | Range of complications | Severe to fatal consequences  | Short and long term consequences | Sex, pregnancy and childbirth | Impact on the individual | Psychological impact | The UK’s approach to FGM | Your response to FGM | Key message for professionals | The four Ps | Key message for professionals | Critical roles | At school: Indicators of risk | At school: indicators FGM has taken place | Gathering information in a heath care setting | What should I say? | How should I respond? | Pregnancy and childbirth  | Counselling | The role of the Police | The role of Social Care