FGM Mandatory Reporting – support pack for health professionals

FGM Mandatory Reporting – support pack for health professionals

 As you will be aware, the new professional duty to report cases of FGM in girls u18 to the police will commence tomorrow, 31 October 2015.

We, with our partners at NHS E and professional bodies, have developed a package of support including:

  • Quick guidance – a 2-page summary of the duty including a process flowchart
  • Poster – a poster for health organisations to display about the duty
  • Training slides – a training presentation organisations can use to help them deliver 10 – 15 minute updates to staff to explain the duty
  • Video interviews with Vanessa Lodge, NHS E National FGM Prevention lead

An information leaflet for patients and their families which professionals can use to help when discussing making a report to the police.

The website for written materials is: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fgm-mandatory-reporting-in-healthcare

The video can also be found at www.nhs.uk/fgmguidelines

Please access these links and download the materials.

Very many thanks to all our partners who have contributed to this work.

We are going to be distributed hard copies around the NHS shortly, but please use this digital versions in the meantime.  More materials and updates are also in the pipeline.

REQUEST – please recirculate this email, these links, and these documents as widely as you can with your organisations and professions.  The Department of Health has tweeted about this; we would be grateful if you re-tweet yourselves.


Many thanks




Astrid Fairclough

Female Genital Mutilation Prevention – Programme Manager
Maternity & Children’s Health Team

Children, Families & Health Inequalities
Department of Health
Room 310 – Richmond House
79 Whitehall, London SW1A 2NS

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