Female Genital Mutilation

Department of Health written question – answered on 28th January 2015.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department last updated the guidance it issues to the NHS on dealing with women who have undergone FGM.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Department provided an interim update to the health content of the “Multi Agency Practice Guidelines – Female Genital Mutilation” in July 2014 whilst more detailed guidance was being developed to reflect new requirements on National Health Service staff related to the Department’s FGM Prevention Programme. We plan to publish further guidance next month.

The Department and NHS England have also issued FGM guidance to the NHS through a statement of requirements and responsibilities, and have updated the content for health professionals on the NHS Choices FGM web-page.

The Department also commissioned Health Education England to produce five new e-learning training sessions on FGM for NHS staff, the first of which is available free of charge to NHS staff on the national ‘eLearning for Health’ platform.

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