18th January 2016
It has been 4 months since the MK ‘Launch of FGM local procedures’ in Milton Keynes.
Do you need to clarify your role with the new FGM Mandatory Reporting; https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mandatory-reporting-of-female-genital-mutilation-procedural-information? (via the Serious Crime Act 2015)?
The expectations for professionals in Milton Keynes (this Duty includes Teachers, including qualified teachers, or persons who are employed or engaged to carry out teaching work in schools and other institutions).
You will see that the information stated requires (as a personal duty) to:
Phone the Police non-emergency crime number – 101, if a girl under 18 that you are aware of:
A) Tells you she has had FGM
B) Has signs which appear to show she had undergone FGM
In addition to this condition please be clear that Milton Keynes procedures, as launched as part of the MKSB Resource Pack , would require you to also complete the Screening Tool if required and complete a referral to MASH.
NB; In addition to complying with the duty, professionals should continue to have regard to their wider safeguarding responsibilities, which require consideration and action to be taken whenever there is any identified or known risk to a child, whether in relation to FGM or another matter.
Please find information for Children and Young people below:
The FGM App for children and Young people http://petals.coventry.ac.uk
The Passport (attached) which we would be encouraging individual agencies to order from this link; https://www.orderline.dh.gov.uk
Youth-led website launched to end FGM – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/youth-led-website-launched-to-end-fgm