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FGM prevention

The Department of Health’s Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Prevention Programme is a national £3M change programme to improve the way in which the NHS responds to the health needs of girls and women who have had FGM, and to actively support prevention. This includes supporting health professionals to be confident when having discussions with women and girls. It will also help us to record and share FGM information appropriately and to take the necessary action to safeguard girls against risk.

In October 2015, a new professional mandatory reporting duty was introduced for all regulated professionals. The duty has been brought through the Serious Crime Act 2015 and means that whenever regulated professionals (health, social care and education) identify that a girl under 18 has had FGM, or if the girl discloses this herself, the professional must make a report to the police. Click here to find an FGM pocket guide for health care professionals.