Recommendation ID

Recognition of risk and prevention of female genital mutilation:- What interventions are effective and cost effective in:
- improving practitioners' recognition of children who are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK or overseas?
- improving recognition of co-occurring forms of abuse where relevant?
- preventing FGM in this group?

Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)

Why this is important:- There is a lack of evidence from the UK about how practitioners can be supported to recognise girls and young women who are at risk of FGM and effective interventions to prevent FGM. This is despite evidence that many practitioners are likely to encounter young women at risk of FGM.
There is also a lack of evidence about the extent to which FGM is a risk factor or indicator of other forms of abuse, and therefore whether the identification of FGM should be accompanied by other types of assessment and support. The Home Office has developed an FGM recognition and prevention e-learning resource; however, the effectiveness of this resource does not appear to have been evaluated.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Child abuse and neglect
Date issued
October 2017

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No  
Last Reviewed 31/10/2017