Female Genital Mutilation: A Councillor's Guide
Cllr Lisa Brett, Deputy Chair, Safer and Stronger Communities Board and Anti-FGM Board Champion, has asked that the following be distributed to members:
'Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): A Councillor's Guide' explores the council role in tackling FGM and includes information on what FGM is, the national policy context, information on partnership working, key considerations for councillors and questions for councillors to ask.
Electronic copies are available from the community safety pages of the LGA's website: www.local.gov.uk/community-safety
FGM is a serious form of child abuse and is a criminal offence in the UK. It is defined as 'all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons' and can have serious long and short term consequences for women and girls' health and wellbeing. The most recent figures, published in October this year, highlight that approxinateky 60,000 girls aged 0 to 14 could be at risk of FGM and that approximately 147,000 women and girls are living with the consequences of FGM.