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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

Free Female Genital Mutilation Workshops for Schools

These workshops will cover:

  • Types of FGM
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Indicators
  • Implications
  • Law & Legislation
  • Referral Process
  • Support Services
FGM Flyer

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