Wokingham Safeguarding Children Board

Information for Professionals >> Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is FGM?

FGM is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

According to the World Health Organisation, FGM is practiced in up to 28 African countries and in some countries in the Middle East and Asia.

It is recognised that women and girls may also be at risk of having FGM performed on them in the UK, or being taken from the UK to have the procedure performed overseas.  The prevalence of FGM in England and Wales is difficult to estimate because of the hidden nature of the crime.

FGM can impact on the health of girls and women both long and short term.  FGM is a criminal offence - it is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore should be treated as such.  Cases should be dealt with as part of existing structures, policies and procedures on child protection and adult safeguarding.

For further information please see below professional tool kit.

Rose Centre

We are pleased to announce that the Rose Centre is now open at Oxford Road Community Centre (site of the old battle hospital)

The Centre is a place where women who have experienced FGM can access support and where necessary, onward referral to services.  There will be support from local communities, local experts on the subject of FGM as well as Specialist Obs/Gynae Registrars providing clinical advice and support.

The service runs a once a month drop-in clinic for women from the whole of the West of Berkshire, however no woman will be turned away.  Specific referrals from GPs, health service and other professionals are also accepted.

Please see below flyer for further information.

Download Related Documents :
FGM Tool Kit
Tool Kit for Professionals
Rose Clinic Flyer
FGM Drop in Clinic Information