Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an illegal operation under the Female Mutilation Act 2003,it is a form of child abuse and as such, is dealt with under the school’s Child Protection & Safeguarding Policy. The school considers that FGM is a grave violation of the rights of girls and women.
We need to be alert to the possibility of a girl being at risk of FGM, or already having suffered FGM. Therefore, our staff have been briefed on the importance of FGM through our Whole School Safeguarding and are aware of some of the signs and symptoms. The school recognises that this is sometimes known as female genital cutting, or female circumcision. Communities tend to use local names including sunna, cutting
The school identifies that girls from African communities including Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Sierra Leonea, Egypt, Nigeria, Eritea are at risk of FGM. It in addition recognizes that communities from Non-African communities including Yemeni, Afghani, Kurdish, Indonesian and Pakistani are also at risk.
Signs to look out for may that suggest a girl is at risk of FGM:
Signs that FGM may have already happened:
If conIf you are concerned about someone who is at risk of FGM or has occurred
We raise awareness of staff in regard to the issues of FGM through Whole School Training
21.3 From October 2015, it has been a mandatory responsibility of all staff members to report any suspicion of F of FGM to the police if the child is under 18 years of age.
If st Staff will, in the first instance report their concerns to the Mrs Stretton, Mr Whheler or Mr Ranzetta.
Advic Any reports would be referred to the Police and Children's Social Care Team