Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
AIM: A coordinated strategy between police, health and local authorities to tackle FGM in Thames Valley, leading to improved reporting of FGM and evidenced approaches on prevention.
Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner
- Provided nearly £120,000 funding to seven organisations across the Thames Valley to deliver this key aim.
- Oxford Against Cutting received funding to deliver a two-year programme. It has prioritised its training to schools based on the highest number of girls who speak languages from communities which may be affected by FGM. To date over 500 teachers and Year 2 pupils have attended training sessions with the aim of increasing awareness and understanding of FGM.
- The Rose Centre in Reading was provided funding to hold workshops with women and girls impacted by FGM and to host a men’s group. 64 men have attended the group to date, discussing the role of men in stopping FGM.
- Slough Refugee Support was provided funding to deliver midwife and client sessions headed up by a Somali-speaking midwife with course materials available in the Somali language. These sessions aim to raise awareness of FGM amongst attendees and recognise the fact that it is practised in the UK as well as their home country.
- An Advice Hub is being developed, as part of the Rose Centre in Reading, where professionals can access advice online or by phone
Thames Valley Police
- Aa Single Point of Contact on FGM has been established in each Child Abuse Investigation Unit who has received training from Oxford Against Cutting and the Rose Centre. Knowledge is shared with peers in the Local Policing Areas and in Protecting Vulnerable People to improve understanding and police response.