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Barnardo’s new Female Genital Mutilation prevention programme

Release Date: 06 Feb 2015

Barnardo’s will be leading a pioneering 2.1m prevention programme on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) with the Local Government Association (LGA) in England. Our ambition is to support victims and eradicate the practice in the future.

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

Specialist social workers will provide support, including through court proceedings and coordinate psychological and medical specialist care. Experts will work with communities affected by FGM to change attitudes and behaviours.

We will also provide expert advice and guidance to professionals working with children to provide a more consistent and informed response to prevent FGM.  This will 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.

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 LGA is to transform the way that FGM is tackled.  We will work with leading experts and organisations already active in the field of FGM to help build a specialist, joined up service that will identify those at risk.

“We will also draw together best practice and seek to develop new ways of working, engaging with communities to change attitudes and behaviour around FGM.”

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