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Understanding the FGM Enhanced dataset – updated guidance and clarification to support implementation

FGM Prevention Programme

The Department of Health’s FGM Prevention Programme is a national £3M change programme to improve the way in which the NHS responds to the health needs of girls and women who have had FGM, and to actively support prevention. This includes supporting health professionals to be confident when having discussions with women and girls. It will also help us to record and share FGM information appropriately and to take the necessary action to safeguard girls against risk.

In October 2015, a new professional mandatory reporting duty will be introduced for all regulated professionals. In addition, GPs and mental health trusts will be mandated under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to record FGM patient data under the FGM Enhanced Dataset. Acute trusts have had to meet the requirements of the FGM Enhanced Dataset since 1 June 2015.