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New Female Genital Mutilation prevention programme


Barnardo’s will lead a new £2.1m Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) prevention scheme in England to eradicate the practice and support victims.

The initiative, funded by the Government's Innovation Programme, will work with leading experts, local authorities and organisations already active in the field to help build a specialist, joined-up service to focus on safeguarding girls.

Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan, said:

“Barnardo’s aims to help the most vulnerable children and young people in the country, and we view the brutal and often hidden practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a severe form of child abuse and violence against girls and young women.  

“Our ambition in leading this pioneering programme with the Local Government Association is to transform the way that FGM is tackled.”

Specialist social workers will provide support coordinating psychological and medical specialist care, as well as helping victims through court proceedings. Experts will work with affected communities to change attitudes and behaviours. Barnardo’s will provide expert advice and guidance to professionals working with children, providing a more consistent and informed response to prevent FGM.  

The scheme will also include providing comprehensive training to over 500 health care and social work staff to address gaps in knowledge on how to identify and protect women and children from FGM.

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