You are in: School Admin » Pupil Welfare » Child Protection » Research & Resources » Female Genital Mutilation & Honour Based Violence

Herts County Council logoFemale Genital Mutilation & Honour Based Violence

FGM Pathway

This tool is to help professionals working in Health, Education, Childrenís and Adultís Social Care, Police, Probation, Youth Services, Voluntary Sector to identify and assess the risk of FGM. It should be read in conjunction with the Hertfordshire (HSCB) Safeguarding Children Boardís inter-agency safeguarding procedures on FGM:

This guidance gives professionals information on FGM, the law and a useful screening tool to accompany referrals to Childrenís Services.

FGM Protocol Pathway

Lets Talk FGM App

Lets Talk FGM is an app designed to facilitate discussions about female genital mutilation (FGM) between health professionals and the people they serve.

The app includes soundbites of key information in five languages about the impact of FGM, why it happens, the law and how to protect children, as well as providing local support for survivors.

The app also includes video interviews with FGM survivors, campaigners and health professionals who support FGM survivors.

Governments FGM Unitís recently updated FGM e-learning course Ė FREE

The course now includes information on the changes to the law introduced through the Serious Crime Act 2015, updated prevalence data, the NHS England enhanced dataset, and new guidance for UK Visas and Immigration.

To access the course, go to

Female Genital Mutilation: Resource Pack

This resource was developed in response to requests for clearer direction from central government about the safeguarding responsibilities of local authorities. It is designed to highlight examples from areas where effective practice has been identified and to emphasise what works in fighting female genital mutilation (FGM).

This pack features:

Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders

From the 17th July anyone who fears somebody is at risk of FGM can apply to a family court for an FGMPO. This includes schools.

FGMPOs Guidance for Local Authorities
FGMPO External Court Guidance
NPCC Press Release


Hertfordshire FGM Guidance

Keeping children and young people safe from all forms of abuse is a top priority in Hertfordshire. The guidance aims to equip you with the information to help children at risk.



Female Genital Mutilation: Guidelines to Protect Children and Women – Home Office, Department for Education and The Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone MP (published 20/04/11, updated 22/07/14)

Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines: Female Genital Mutilation (November 2014)


FGM referral - HP Questions
National FGM Centre Leaflet - What is FGM
National FGM Centre Leaflet - About Centre

Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines: Handling of Forced Marriages

The Government’s' Multi-agency practice guidelines: Handling cases of Forced Marriage' provides step-by-step advice for frontline workers.  The guidelines are described on the website as ‘essential reading for health professionals, educational staff, police, children’s social care, adult social services and local authority housing.’

Members of the Honour Based Abuse Working Group, managed by the County Community Safety Unit, have used the Government’s guidelines to produce the attached flowcharts and checklist:

Flowchart 1 – ‘Action for professionals to take when a forced marriage (FM) victim presents
Flowchart 2 – ‘Basic first steps for forced marriage (FM) specialist responding to adult victims’ immediate needs’
Checklist for responding to a victim or potential victim of forced marriage, which is to be used in conjunction with Flowchart 1

The purpose is to provide multi-agency staff with an easy to use guide, to use when responding to victims and potential victims of forced marriage.  It should be used in conjunction with the multi-agency practice guidelines.”

Please note, it is stated on the back cover of the multi-agency practice guidelines that ‘extracts from this document may be reproduced for non-commercial education or training purposes on the condition that the source is acknowledged’.


Herts Forced Marriage Guidance

Keeping children and young people safe from all forms of abuse is a top priority in Hertfordshire. The guidance aims to equip you with the information to help children at risk.

Criminalisation of Forced Marriage Factsheet
Forced Marriage Campaign Guidance for Partners