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Government to bring into effect FGM mandatory reporting

Release Date: 20 Oct 2015

Barnardo's response to mandatory reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) coming into force from 31 October 2015

Celia Jeffreys, Head of the National FGM Centre, said:

FGM is child abuse and no girl should ever have to deal with the physical and emotional consequences of this harmful practice.

Mandatory reporting is one element in driving cultural change, but the key to addressing the problem is supporting communities to change their approaches to FGM.

As well as helping professionals understand their responsibilities in relation to mandatory reporting, it will also be important to monitor the impact of the new duty to ensure the children’s safeguarding system is not overloaded.

Working together through the establishment of the National FGM Centre, the Local Government Association (LGA) and Barnardo’s are supporting local authorities and their partners to understand what the new duty means for their staff. The Centre is holding the first conference on FGM mandatory reporting today, specifically looking at the new duty in detail.

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Details of the new mandatory reporting duty on Female Genital Mutilation are set out in the Home Office's Draft Multi-Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation

The National FGM Centre is a partnership programme run by Barnardo’s and Local Government Association (LGA), funded by the Department for Education’s Innovation Fund. It brings together experts to share their knowledge and skills to support and protect women and girls who are affected by FGM. The Centre aims to:

o   Prevent new cases of FGM by building effective strategies for the identification and support of at risk girls and creating changes in community attitudes

o   Protect girls and women through proactive safeguarding and effective prosecutions

o   Support women and girls who have been affected providing a long-term holistic approach

o   Partner with stakeholders to deliver solutions, bring together experience and learning on what works for tackling FGM.

Follow @FGMCentre to find out more about its work

Barnardo’s works with more than 240,000 children, young people and their families each year. Barnardo’s runs more than 960 services across the UK. Find out more about what we do here.

The Local Government Association represents over 370 local councils in England and Wales.

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