If you’re a teacher, have you ever noticed a girl acting differently after a long absence from school? They might be more withdrawn and have difficulty walking. Or perhaps you’ve worked or volunteered with girls in another field and have heard them talking about ‘becoming a woman soon’? Or that they’re ‘being prepared for marriage’? These instances could be signs that a girl has either suffered from, or is at risk of undergoing, FGM. Also known as ‘cutting’ or ‘female circumcision’, female genital mutilation is the alteration or removal of a female’s genitals for non-medical reasons. FGM is incredibly harmful. It’s illegal in the UK and considered to be child abuse.

Learning outcomes:
  • Explain FGM and the physical and mental health impacts
  • Identify female children and teenagers who are at risk
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Who is this course for
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This safeguarding in schools course looks at the damaging physical and mental health effects of FGM, and how to identify female children and teenagers in your care who may be at risk. And by using the advice in this course, you’ll be able to follow the correct procedures to protect vulnerable girls. One of the key things the course teaches is how to recognise potential safeguarding signs early on, so you can take steps to protect these children from harm.
This FGM safeguarding course is suitable for health professionals and anyone who works or volunteers with female children and teenagers. It will help you to understand the serious effects of FGM and how to safeguard the physical and emotional well-being of girls at risk.
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