Female Genital Mutilation

Training Resources - developed in Scotland

In 2014 - 2015 the Scottish Government funded the development of resources to support training and raising awarenees around Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  Resources to support traiing and public education work includes: powerpoint presentation and trainers` notes, training exercises and `Sara`s Story`,  a short animated film which can be viewed below or at www.fgmaware.org

To access downloads go to  www.fgmaware.org/downloads or download this list.

The training resources are freely available to all and should be of use to those involved in training for Child Protection, Adult Support and Protection, Equality, `violence against women` and other relevant areas of training.  The materials can be edited and adapted to best suit different working situations, for example parts of the slide presentation can be embedded in statutory training courses such as child protection. 

Additional training resources

FGM Lesson, Healthy Schools, London, (pdf1.09MB)
A comprehensive information booklet outlining lessons suitable for use with school children. NB refers to English legislation and child protection procedures.

Project Azure: FGM (ppt 277KB)
London Metropolitan Police presentation on FGM (NB refers to English legislation)

Educational Resources.. Integrate Bristol
Resources for use in primary and secondary schools, plus audio-visual resources.

Training providers

Various organisations can provide training on FGM  although most will have to charge a fee.  In 2015 - 2016 Women`s Support Project will be working to deliver Trainer Development workshops to encourage use of the training resources. For further information on trainers in your area please email jan@womenssupportproject.org.uk


A free online training module for frontline professionals, developed by the Home Office. N.B. information on law and child protection is for England and Wales.

Audio-visual resources

FGM Aware: Sara`s Story, 6- minute, 2015

Sara`s Story is a 6-minute animated film which aims to rise awareness about FGM, including the motivations behind FGM and the possible health impacts, plus key tips for practitioners.  Produced by media co-op for Women`s Support Project and funded by the Scottish Government.

A Change has Begun, 2014. 10mins
Female Genital Mutilation: A Change Has Begun is a  survivor-led account of life with FGM which speaks of the positive shift in perspective within practicing communities in the UK. The film was made by Spirited Pictures and commissioned by Nike`s Girl Effect for the Girl Summit 2014

Speaking with patients about FGM (2014. 25.38 minutes)
Four women speak about how they would like to see professionals hold sensitive conversations about female genital mutilation. N.B. Contains personal accounts from women survivors of FGM


FGM Resource DVD, FGM National Clinical Group, 2010, 16mins (View above)
A useful overview of FGM aimed at non-health professionals. Further films for health professionals can be accessed here. 

Information on FGM, NHS Health Choices, 5.38 minutes (View above)
Short film summarising main points relating to FGM, health and child protection.

Silent Scream, Intergrate Bristol, 2011, 12.04 minutes
Looks at how FGM has divided a family. Useful for starting discussion on motivations for FGM. You can view online here.
Available on loan from Women`s Support Project.

Female Genital Mutilation, Department of Health, 2006, 26 minutes
Whilst some parts of this film are intended for use by Health professionals, there are also useful chapters on Facts, Cultural Contexts, and Appropriate Responses. Available on loan from Women`s Support Project.

FGM: The film that changed the law in Kurdistan. 2013. 17 minutes
Two filmmakers spent almost a decade reporting the greatest taboo subject in Kurdish society: female genital mutilation. Nabaz Ahmed and Shara Amin persuaded people to talk about the effects of FGM and the film they made helped get the practice outlawed in 2011. And in the last few years the number of girls being mutilated in Kurdistan has fallen by over 60%. The story of their decade-long fight against FGM has been made into a documentary by the Guardian and BBC Arabic.

Africa Rising
Equality Now, 2008, DVD, 62 minutes                    
Africa Rising is a powerful documentary portraying the indomitable grassroots movement to end female genital mutilation. Available on loan from Women’s Support Project.

Recommended reading

The facts on FGM:

  • Too Much Pain. Female Genital Mutilation and Asylum in the European Union. A statistical update, UNHRC, March 2014 (pdf 614KB)
  • The facts of FGM. HM Government, (pdf 453KB)
  • FGM in Scotland, Niki Kandirikirira and John Fotheringham, Scottish Justice Matters, Volime1:1, June 2013.
    Useful summary of facts on FGM, why it is relevant to Scotland, and of legislation on FGM.
  • The Facts about FGM. University College London Hospitals, 2012 (pdf 856KB)

Scottish context:

Scottish Government statement opposing FGM

Guidance on approaches and multiagency working:

Child protection:

Community engagement and prevention:

Engaging with children and young people / schools:

Health approaches:

Wider context:


Uncut Voices
Articles and access to literature on FGM

Dignity Alert Research Forum (DARF).
Education, support, training and campaigning around FGM. Based in Edinburgh and working across Scotland

Saheliya is a specialist mental health and well-being support organisation for black and minority ethnic (BME) women and girls (12+) in Scotland.

Shakti Women`s Aid
Support for Black and minority ethnic women following domestic abuse or harmful cultural practices. Training service.

Services, training and community engagement for minority ethnic communities

Factsheet available. National free phone helpline open 24-hours for anyone with child protection concerns 0800 028 3550

Information, resources and training on a range of issues, including FGM.

Equality Now
Works on women`s equality and against violence against women. Website includes resources which can inform training.

ACCM (UK) works to tackle and eliminate harmful traditional practices, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM); Forced Marriage (FM); and Honour Based Violence (HBV) that impacts and violent the human rights and wellbeing of girls and women.



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