- Department of Health
- Part of:
- Female genital mutilation (FGM): guidance for healthcare staff
- 27 March 2015
- Last updated:
- 20 January 2017, see all updates
Practical help to support NHS organisations developing new safeguarding policies and procedures for female genital mutilation (FGM).
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These documents provide guidance to support an NHS organisation when they are developing or reviewing safeguarding policies and procedures around female genital mutilation (FGM).
They can be used by health professionals from all sectors, particularly designated and named safeguarding leads, and local safeguarding children board members. It is based on existing best practice within the NHS.
They have been developed in partnership with health and social care professionals, and professional bodies.
All organisations must ensure that their approach to safeguarding against FGM is multi-agency and multi-disciplinary. They should work with partners in social services and the police.
Leaflets in a range of languages are available on the NHS Choices website see section on ‘Leaflets to download’.
These leaflets explain what help is available to those concerned about or affected by FGM. They are available in: English, Amharic, Arabic, Farsi, French, Kurdish Sorani, Somali, Swahili, Tigrinya, Urdu or Welsh.
The leaflets are available to order on DH Orderline from July 2015.
Find out about commissioning services for women and girls at risk of FGM.
Published: 27 March 2015
Updated: 20 January 2017
- Added FGM safeguarding and risk assessment: quick guide for health professionals.
- Added FGM risk assessment templates.
- Added the FGM safeguarding pathway and an updated version of the guidance for professionals.
- First published.