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FGM Awareness

In 2015, it was estimated that there were 137,000 women aged 15+ living with the consequences of FGM in the UK.[1] During the year April 2017 to March 2018, 6,195 women and girls survivors of FGM in the UK accounted for 9,490 attendances recorded in NHS services. For 4,495 of these women and girls, it was the first time they were included in national datasets as FGM survivors.

In Nottingham, similar to preceding years, there were 65 newly recorded cases reported in the FGM dataset by healthcare providers.  Almost all of the women identified were between the ages of 18 and 39 years.  The majority of women had undergone this before the age of 14 years with a significant number of them having had FGM before they were 12 months old.  The country of origin and where the procedure was carried out was mostly situated in Africa.   

Nottingham, a city of zero-tolerance towards FGM

Nottingham is one of the first places in the UK to declare zero-tolerance of FGM.  Schools, health services and community services receive training to identify and prevent FGM.

 

Services

Nottingham FGM clinic for women over 18 years old

The clinic is nurse/midwife led and based at City Hospital Campus and Queens Campus. The clinic offers advice, referral to urogynae, consultant obstetrician, social care, honour based abuse team, counselling, ante natal care and assessment, de-infibulation, post-surgery and post natal follow up.

This clinic can be accessed by calling 0115 9691169 ext 55239.

If a child is at immediate risk of FGM then the police must be notified by calling 999.  For other concerns around children and FGM contact can be made with the FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk.

Mojatu Foundation

The Mojatu Foundations provides community based support for survivors of FGM and those at risk of FGM, further details can be found at http://www.mojatufoundation.org/

NHS National FGM Support Clinics

National FGM Support Clinics are a place for women with FGM to discuss their health needs in a sensitive and non-judgmental environment.

The services are provided by an all-female team and include:

  • physical assessment and treatment (including deinfibulation if required)
  • emotional support and counselling
  • general information
  • access to FGM Health Advocates
  • referral to a specialist consultant, if needed

Leeds FGM Support Clinic

National FGM Centre

A national FGM centre as been set up, details of this can be accessed here.

Further Resources

Further information and resources

Learning & Training

You can register for the free FGM E-learning course here: Registration - Enable (vc-enable.co.uk)

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