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Female genital mutilation | awareness training

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Improve your awareness and understanding of FGM

It is estimated that around 200 million women and girls have suffered Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in more than 30 countries, mainly in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

This programme aims to enhance knowledge and awareness of the issues surrounding FGM. It is suitable for school and practice nurses, health visitors and general practitioners across the globe. This high-quality e-learning explores what action needs to be taken if you encounter a child or woman who has had, or is at risk of, FGM.

High-quality FGM awareness training

This programme covers many themes, including different types of FGM, safeguarding principles, the physical and psychosocial impact of FGM, and the legal framework. The highly interactive knowledge sessions include case studies and input from service users and carers. There is also practical advice on initiating difficult conversations about FGM with patients and a wide range of other issues.

The content has been written and peer-reviewed by renowned experts in the FGM field. It has been developed by a consortium of professional bodies led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

Convenient, easy online access

This FGM awareness course is available online so you can study in the workplace, at home or on the move.


The foundation for learning about FGM for all health and social care professionals.

Elinor Clarke, Chair FGM National Clinical Group and Senior Lecturer Midwifery, Coventry University, UK

I think the communication session is so good that I will use it in training to all medical students/trainees etc.

Deborah Hodes, Consultant, Royal Free Hospital/UCLH, UK

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Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

  • The different ways women and girls may be affected by FGM
  • The four types of FGM according to the World Health Organization’s classification
  • The legal status of FGM procedures in the UK and abroad
  • How to refer a woman to FGM services
  • What to do if you suspect a child may be at risk of FGM

Communication Skills for FGM Consultations

  • Initiate and conduct a sensitive consultation with a patient at risk of or who has undergone FGM
  • Recognise a patient at risk of FGM
  • Explain the cultural justifications for why FGM is done
  • Consider and address your own feelings about FGM

FGM: Issues, Presentation and Management in Children and Young Women

  • Key safeguarding principles relevant to FGM
  • The ways that FGM may present in girls
  • The short and long-term physical and psychosocial complications of FGM
  • Describe and apply the issue of FGM to a key public health model
  • Referral pathways to specialist services, social care and/or the police

FGM: Issues, Presentation and Management in Women and Around Pregnancy

  • Each FGM classification type
  • The short and long-term complications of FGM
  • The management of antenatal, perinatal and postnatal issues
  • How to carry out de-infibulation antenatally, during labour or in a non-pregnant woman
  • The assessment and treatment provided to a woman with FGM

Legal and Safeguarding Issues Regarding FGM in the UK

  • Why FGM is a form of child abuse and violence that violates the human rights of women and children
  • The law relating to FGM in the UK and its influence on the practice of health professionals
  • Legal roles and responsibilities of health care professionals, police and social care relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the UK
  • Where to get help and how to escalate concerns

Relevant to health and social care practitioners globally

Comprehensive coverage of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), with case studies, videos and questions


Practical guidance on how to deal with FGM and provide high-quality care

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