National FGM Centre - July 2016 Edition
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Welcome to the July issue of the National FGM Centre Newsletter!

Our news
“Between two cultures:”  A rapid PEER study exploring communities’ views on FGM in Norfolk and Essex, UK

In the beginning of 2016, the National FGM Centre conducted a rapid PEER research into community attitudes to FGM in two of its pilot sites. The report published in July, shares the findings from the study, carried out by migrant women and men living in Norfolk and Essex, UK.  Eighteen Peer Researchers, (15 women and 3 men) were recruited through local community organisations and trained and supported by FORWARD and Barnardo’s to design and carry out conversational interviews with their peers focusing on life in the UK, and FGM. The study focused on low prevalence areas as identified in the UK Prevalence study on FGM.

The aims of this research were to: 

–     Shed light on the lived realities of migrants from these countries and gain insights into their communities’ views on FGM in the UK as well as back in their country of origin.
–     For the first time, research attitudes and support for FGM in predominantly white British areas that are considered “low prevalence” for the practice.
–     Use the findings to inform and strengthen FGM prevention programmes.
–     Empower those involved in the research, strengthening their voice and ensuring that they are at the centre of research and programmes that concern them.

The findings reveal increased risks to FGM for communities facing isolation and language barriers that are not reached by awareness raising and prevention programmes. The findings also reveal increased risk of domestic violence amongst communities that struggle with integration in primarily white British areas and do not have access to support.

You can access the full report here:

 PEER Research National FGM Centre

The findings of the research were covered in the Nursing Times magazine:

“Extra vigilance needed to identify FGM in rural areas”

“Home Affairs Select Committee Roundtable Discussion on FGM”

The National FGM Centre was invited as an expert witness by the Home Affairs Select Committee on FGM to examine progress in UK policies and procedures around the prevention of the practice. Our Head of Centre, Celia Jeffreys advised the Committee on the effectiveness of the 2015 legislative changes and ongoing barriers to prevention and prosecution of FGM. The Home Affairs Select Committee will be publishing a report on the roundtable findings in the coming months.

The National FGM Centre’s second annual conference will give senior managers, commissioners, service managers and practitioners from across statutory and voluntary services a rare opportunity to learn about new, cost effective models of service delivery and the current evidence base from experts in the field.

Book your place HERE

The Face of Defiance, a series of portraits of and interviews with UK women who have survived FGM. You can read more about this inspiring project HERE

Other News
“Tackling FGM Initiative”: Celebrating six years of grass-roots FGM prevention.

The Tackling FGM Initiative was a grass-roots FGM prevention programme that run from 2010 - 2016 with funding from five independent funders: Rosa Fund, Trust for London, the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Comic Relief and the Kering Foundation. TFGMI reached 26,607 people in the course of the programme and its impact was externally evaluated by Options Consultancy.

The end of the programme was celebrated on the 11th of July in an event that presented the impact of the programme and the results of a six-year long study that evaluated the effects of community prevention on attitudes of communities affected by FGM. During the event, the funders also presented a “good practice guide” in community-based FGM prevention. All resources can be accessed through our Knowledge Hub or on the dedicated website: 

First annual FGM data released by HSCIC

The Health and Social Care Information Centre published the first ever annual figures for FGM in England, showing that between April 2015 and March 2016 there were 5,702 new cases of FGM in England. The data was recorded by health professionals under the new mandatory recording scheme introduced in July 2015. Although most girls and women with FGM were born in Africa, 43 girls were born in the UK and 18 of those had the procedure here.

The CEO of Barnardo’s Javed Khan said in the Times: “Shockingly, today’s figures confirm that women and girls born in the UK have undergone FGM, despite the practice being illegal for over 30 years. Yet there still hasn’t been a single successful prosecution to hold perpetrators to account.

Coming up
The National FGM Centre will be expanding its reach in the Home Nations. During August and September, the team will be meeting up with local experts in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales to learn about local FGM prevention strategies and discuss the future development of our work. New sections will be added to our Knowledge Hub to list quality assured resources for the Home Nations. To contribute to the development of these regional libraries, you can email us at: 
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