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New measures aimed at bringing an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK announced

New measures aimed at bringing an end to female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK announced.

The innovative prevention programme from Barnado’s and the LGA is expected to play a crucial role in helping to protect potentially vulnerable women and girls in their communities, by bringing together experts who have the right expertise and sensitivity. It will also provide support to victims as well as preventing further crimes by working directly with the community.

The measures to better protect women and girls at risk of female genital mutilation include:

  • £1.6 million for the next stage of the FGM prevention programme that will improve the NHS response
  • A new national system to allow clinicians to note on a child’s health record that they are potentially at risk of FGM
  • New mandatory recording requirements for GPs and mental health trusts requiring them to record FGM incidence by October 2015. This follows a requirement already in place for NHS acute trusts
  • Improved training for frontline health workers on how to communicate sensitively with patients about FGM, through new e-learning sessions launched by Health Education England
  • £2 million for a new national programme backed by Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association that will create a highly specialised team of skilled social workers with extensive experience of working with those at risk of FGM.

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