Female Genital Mutilation

Home Office written question – answered on 29th January 2015.

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Photo of Seema Malhotra Seema Malhotra Opposition Whip (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what courses her Department offers for training on FGM for regulated professions; and how many people attended those courses in each English region in each of the last five years.

Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone The Minister of State, Home Department

Holding answer received on 27 January 2015

The Government recognises the importance of raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) amongst professionals with safeguarding responsibilities.

In June 2014 the Home Office launched an e-learning tool on FGM for all practitioners with a responsibility for safeguarding (social workers, teachers, health care professionals, border force and police). As of November 2014, 8,337

people had signed up to do the e-learning with 3,957 people having completed it. 99.5% of people who completed the training would recommend it to others. A breakdown of figures by English region is not available.

The new FGM Unit has also now been established and is raising awareness of all of the available guidance and resources to professionals through a series of outreach events.

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