Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM

A free online safeguarding training course developed for the Home Office by Virtual College. Over 100,000 people have so far registered for this course and 95% of those who have completed the course have said they would now do something differently in their role.
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About this safeguarding course

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of FGM. To address this issue, the Home Office is championing a proactive approach and has launched this free online FGM training package.

Throughout this course, we follow a young girl named Hope as she encounters the key issues relating to FGM and we see how they affect her throughout her life. The training will help a wide range of professionals to identify and assist girls who are at risk of FGM.

This course is useful for anyone who is interested in gaining an overview of FGM, particularly frontline staff in healthcare, police, border force and children’s social care.

FGM VOOC - a multi-agency issue
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FGM (Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief)

If you want more information on FGM or forced marriage, Virtual College have produced a FGM (Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief) full course priced at £30. This course is specifically designed to help people coming into contact with young people and their families during the course of their work to promote good safeguarding practice, whilst being culturally aware.