Dr Louise Clarke and Dr Mais Al-Hity describe how to implement the recent Department of Health and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaeologists guidance on female genital mutilation in primary care. The module outlines what’s new in the guidance, what to do differently in your practice, the need to identify girls or women who have undergone female genital mutilation, your duty relating to reporting cases of female genital mutilation to the police, as well as consideration of the patient’s psychological and physical needs, and areas of uncertainty relating to confidentiality, duty of care and documentation.
Department of Health guidance. Female genital mutilation risk and safeguarding: guidance for professionals. March 2015.
FGM Prevention Programme, Department of Health. FGM Prevention Programme. Understanding the FGM Enhanced dataset – updated guidance and clarification to support implementation. September 2015.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Female Genital Mutilation and its Management. Green-top Guideline No. 53. July 2015.
Home Office. Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation – procedural information.
A reference to the DH FGM Safeguarding and risk assessment quick guide for health professionals was added in January 2018.