New Risk Assessment Tool on identifying FGM

15 November 2018

Islington Council, the NHS, the Metropolitan Police and the Manor Gardens Welfare Trust have published a risk assessment tool along with accompanying guidance for professionals in healthcare, education, social services and police to help in identifying Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The guidance reiterates the existing legal duty for those working in the above areas to report to the police their discovery that FGM appears to have occurred to a girl under 18. However, the risk assessment (split into three parts) highlights factors which could indicate that a girl is at a risk of harm from FGM or has been subjected to FGM.

Examples given of girls being at risk include their family coming from a community where FGM is prevalent or the family’s intention to take the girl away on a special trip or long holiday to the country of origin where FGM is prevalent. With regard to girls who may have suffered FGM, examples include prolonged absences from school and changes in behaviour following the same, asking to be excused from PE lessons with a GP’s note or girls finding it hard to sit still when this was not an issue previously.

The guidance also includes a map showing the global prevalence of FGM and sets out the four types of FGM. View the Islington Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Risk Assessment Tool.

By George Shepherd

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