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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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)
- Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in Scotland: A ScottishModel of intervention.
Scottish Refugee Council and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (pdf 6.02MB)
This scoping study identifies populations potentially affected by female genital mutilation in Scotland and explores interventions across the European Union (EU) in the areas of participation, prevention, protection and the provision of services, presenting a baseline of Scotland-specific data and recommendations for the development of a Scottish model of intervention.
- Baseline study in Glasgow and Edinburgh on the beliefs, views and experiences of FGM.
Dignity Alert and Research Forum, 2010.
Scottish Government statement opposing FGM
- Statement in English
- Statement in French
- Statement in Arabic
- Statement in Swahili
- Statement in Somali
Guidance on approaches and multiagency working:
- Change. Responding to Female Genital Mutilation. A guide for key professionals. 2014, (pdf 1.17MB)
Partners within this Change project are Forward (UK), FSAN (Netherlands), Plan International (Germany), RISK (Sweden), and Euro-Net-FGM (EU-wide).
- Female Genital Mutilation: Resource Pack
Published by the Home Office, July 2014
This guidance covers England and Wales, but contains useful resources and links and a number of films which can be viewed online.
- FGM Multi-Agency Handbook, FCO, HM Government, 2011 (pdf 1.63MB)
- Good practices in combating female genital mutilation. European Institute of Gender Equality, 2013 (pdf8.58MB)
- Child protection policy, procedure and staff guidance should include reference to FGM. See here for information on Scottish legislation.
- NSPCC factsheet on FGM
Community engagement and prevention:
- Aligning with local cultures to end female genital mutilation / cutting, UNFPA and UNICEF, 2013 (909KB)
- Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in the UK. What works in community based prevention work. (pdf 906KB)
The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Initiative supported community-based organisations in the UK to carry out FGM prevention work. This is the summary of an independent evaluation, conducted by Options UK.
- FGM Peer Research, ROSA, 2012 (pdf
Report on peer research carried out in England. Useful reading, highlighting issues and attitudes within FGM practising communities.
Engaging with children and young people / schools:
- Campaign to halt FGM: calls for work in schools. The Guardian, February 2014
- Schools enlisted to combat FGM. BBC news, February 2014
- Scotland`s government to ask all schools to act The Guardian , February 2014
- A statement from Michael Gove, in which the Education Secretary outlines his plans to tackle FGM, and the guidance schools will receive.
- Scottish Government letter to Head Teachers in Scotland, outlining the laws relating to FGM, and discussing the role of schools in protecting children from this.
- This link leads to information on Forward’s Young People Speak Out program, which aims to engage young people on FGM. On this page you will also find a link to the Facebook group, which has up-to-date information on events and discussion points.
Here also is the link to Forward’s homepage, where you will find other FGM resources. www.forwarduk.org.uk/
- London Safeguarding Children Board has resources, including posters and resource packs, aimed to help anyone who works with children.
- Action Aid provides information on FGM, along with case studies, and teaching resources.
- On the Think, Educate, Share website you’ll find access to a number of useful materials, including FGM lesson plans and posters and fact sheets
- Female Genital Mutilation. Caring for patients and safeguarding children (pdf 1.56MB) Guidance from the British Medical Association. July 2011
- Tackling FGM in the UK. Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting (pdf 5.74mb)
Report from a number of agencies, including Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists and Royal College of Midwives. 2013
- Let`s talk about vaginas. Female Genital Mutilation: the failure of international obligations and how to end an abusive cultural tradition. Felicity Gerry QC Griffith Journal of Law and Human Dignity, Women and Violence, 2014 Special Issue. (pdf 375kb). INclude information on international obligations relating to FGM.
- It`s not just domestic violence. The beginners guide to 16 types of violence against women.The pixel project.
- The impact of harmful traditional practices on the girl child Berhane Ras-Work, United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women in collaboration with UNICEF (pdf 196KB)
- Harmful traditional and cultural practices related to violence against women and successful strategies to eliminate such practices – working with men. Dr Michael Flood (pdf 109KB)
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.
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.