Female Genital Mutilation

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th May 2014.

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Photo of Baroness Valentine Baroness Valentine Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is available for general practitioners in identifying cases of female genital mutilation.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government published the guidance, Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines: Female Genital Mutilation in 2011, which provides advice to health professionals and the steps to be taken when dealing with suspected or actual female genital mutilation (FGM).

The Department is working with NHS England, Health Education England and the Royal Colleges to develop materials and training to support National Health Service staff including general practitioners to better identify and support girls at risk of FGM. Further announcements on this work will be made in due course.

An FGM NHS Choices page (www.nhs.uk/fgm) was recently launched containing information and support for frontline professionals who are concerned about the practice and are seeking advice.

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