Community engagement on female genital mutilation
In October 2014, the Local Government Association (LGA) first produced its FGM Guide for Councillors,
Much has happened since then.
Mandatory reporting to the police has been introduced for professionals, new statutory guidance has been produced and a number of female genital mutilation (FGM) Protection Orders have been taken out to protect actual or potential victims from FGM. Knowledge of the issue has become more widespread, and a series of innovation projects funded by the Department for Education (DfE) have been working on these issues at a local level. The LGA has also been engaged with this work through the creation of the National FGM Centre with Barnardo’s. You can find more about the centre’s work later on in this document.
FGM is still a very real cause of anxiety for a number women and girls in our communities. These case studies provide some examples of how councils and their partners have been working with women and girls to raise awareness of FGM, provide support and protect vulnerable people who may be at risk.