London Councils Harmful Practices Programme

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 19th March 2021.

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Photo of Susan Hall Susan Hall Conservative

Since your £44m commitment in 2018 to make London safe for women & girls, how successful has the London Councils Harmful Practices Programme been in training nurses, midwives & social workers to recognise abuses such as FGM and intervene? Please provide examples.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

The Ascent Ending Harmful Practices Partnership project that was funded by London Councils and MOPAC trained 1,847 frontline professionals in total over two years (2018-2020), of which 661 were from health and social care. This enabled them to better identify harmful practice cases and be able to provide intensive case work to women and girls who have been and, or were at risk of harmful practices.

Frontline professionals included but were not limited to the police, social care officers, health visitors, teachers, housing officers and safeguarding leads.

Evaluation of the training was through feedback from attendees after training sessions. Overall professionals reported that they had an increased understanding of harmful practices and improved confidence in identifying women at risk, referring to specialist organisations where appropriate. Participants also stated that they would undertake further research about how to apply the knowledge they learned and introduce it to their day-to-day role.