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Government funds Barnardo’s to expand and grow National FGM Centre

Release Date: 06 Jul 2017

Barnardo’s will be funded to expand and grow the National FGM Centre as part of a multi-million pound programme to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people, Children’s Minister Robert Goodwill has announced.

In his first address to the children’s social care sector since being appointed as Minister, he confirmed that the National FGM Centre, which is run by Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association, will receive a share of £30 million.

A total of 24 projects will be funded as part of the Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme.

Director of the National FGM Centre Michelle Lee-Izu said:

“Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association are delighted the government has given the National FGM Centre further funding to help wipe out this hidden form of child abuse by 2030.

“It will enable us to extend the reach and remit of the Centre’s vital work and support more girls and families in areas of both high and low prevalence of female genital mutilation.

“Since working with some local authorities that claimed to rarely come across cases of FGM, we have been supporting 198 families in these areas, which clearly demonstrates how much the FGM Centre is needed. It also shows how much more we need to do in terms of training professionals to identify girls at risk and report cases of concern.

“The funding will also allow us to extend our work to other harmful traditional practices such as breast ironing and flattening.”

In his speech at the ADCS annual conference today, the Minister said:

“Through the Innovation Programme, we continue to fund exciting and pioneering projects that look to shake-up our traditional approach to social work.

“Together they proffer a broad and balanced portfolio which both test new innovations, and scale and spread those that have been successful in Round One of the programme.”

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