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2017 School awareness raising for Summer Holidays

2017 FGM Awareness campaign, leaflet and YouTube video from Dr Sethi

Dear Colleague,

This message comes from your Local Children Safeguarding Board, please can you take the time to ensure it is read/presented at one of your staff briefings before the summer holidays.

Many thanks

Andy Sharp / James Fox / Beverley Czyz

Dear Colleague from Schools across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland,

As you know, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of Child Abuse.

Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland LSCBs published FGM procedures in 2015, detailing what to do when you are made aware of a child or young person that has been subject to FGM or where there is potential for them to be taken abroad to be subjected to FGM.

Continued vigilance is required by all agencies who are in contact with the cohort of children and young people who may be exposed to or at risk of FGM. Dr Sethi's YouTube video continues to be a valuable source of information to support recognition and response to FGM.

Research shows that the summer holidays are still the most prevalent times for this to happen.

With the summer holidays approaching fast, please can you print off the leaflet on FGM and discuss it within your next staff briefing or staff meeting. Further information including the leaflet can be found here: http://lrsb.org.uk/fgm-female-genital-mutilation

Dr Sethi's film is available at https://youtu.be/2XdHwHGJHCk

Many thanks

Andy Sharp / James Fox / Beverley Czyz

Barnardo's Advice

Barnardo's children's charity is advising professionals, including teachers, of the signs a girl may be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) as 'cutting season' approaches.

The so-called season arrives at the start of the summer holidays, when potentially thousands of UK girls could be flown abroad to unwittingly undergo the procedure.

Any teacher who suspects a pupil is going overseas for this purpose should follow normal safeguarding procedures.

For more information, click here.

You can also find information at the National FGM Centre: http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/