Female Genital Mutilation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th April 2018.

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Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on the decision to disband its specialist team focused on combating female genital mutilation.

Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on ensuring that there is co-ordination between local (a) NHS trusts, (b) police forces and (c) police and crime commissioners as a result of the decision to disband the specialist team in NHS England focused on such co-ordination.

Photo of Anneliese Dodds Anneliese Dodds Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what discussions he has had with NHS England on ensuring NHS staff are appropriately trained in how to detect and report female genital mutilation (FGM) and support patients who have been subjected to FGM after the decision was taken to disband the specialist FGM team.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Prevention Programme funded by the Department and partnered with NHS England concluded on 31 March 2018 – it was always the intention that the Programme would conclude at this point.

Since its launch, the Programme has worked closely with regional safeguarding teams across England, and these teams will be carrying on the work across the National Health Service in England to tackle FGM. Discussions, coordination and multi-agency work between the NHS and various partner agencies including the police and PPCs will therefore continue as part of this.

Governance and monitoring and planning was built into the FGM Prevention Programme framework since its launch in 2014, including plans to conclude the Programme and arrangements for the work to be taken forward after April 2018.

To support staff in their FGM prevention work, the FGM Prevention Programme developed a package of health-specific FGM materials providing guidance on safeguarding, commissioning of services, and guidance around the mandatory reporting duty It also held national awareness raising roadshows for over 6,000 professionals and commissioned comprehensive FGM e-learning with Health Education England, free to all NHS staff which has been completed by over 11,000 people on the e-learning for health website between January 2016 and February 2018.

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