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A little history:

In September 2015, Jennifer Bourne, RGN, Queens Nurse, Project Manager, Department of Health FGM Prevention Programme presented at the joint collaborative conference between the RCN and Travel Health Training, the Highs and Lows of Travel on 19th September 2015.  To see resources from this event see HERE.  Jennifer then also spoke at the Faculty of Travel Medicine Annual Symposium together with friend and colleague Leyla Hussein who is an anti-FGM campaigner, a psychotherapist and co founder of Daughters of Eve.  This is a UK-based non profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation. To read more information about Leyla see here



Below are some useful resources to help you increase your knowledge on FGM.

E LEARNING IS AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE with the provision of CPD certification at the end.  

  • The course on the left below is from Education for Health for those with an NHS e mail address
  • The course on the right below is from the Home Office for anyone interested in FGM without an NHS e mail address click image below right and see HERE for an introduction


  • Department of Health – Resouces for FGM MANDATORY REPORTING IN HEALTHCARE see HERE 
  • Department of Health GUIDANCE for health care staff HERE
  • Department of Health Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM HERE 
  • Department of Health FGM: video resources for healthcare professionals HERE
  • PHE Blog on 6th February 2017 – International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation HERE
  • Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation  HM Government April 2016 see HERE
  • Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM – this document provides practical help to support NHS organisations developing new safeguarding policies and procedures for female genital mutilation (FGM) click HERE
  • Numerous FGM resources from the RCN HERE and RCN guidance Female genital mutilation: An RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice (Third edition) updated 2016 HERE
  • NSPCC FGM Legislation, policy and guidance click HERE 
  • CQC FGM mythbuster no.80 
  • NaTHNaC information for FGM HERE
  • Fitfortravel resources for FGM HERE
  • NHS Choices FGM webpage – Includes videos and leaflets click HERE  Also do a search on ‘Watch more FGM Videosfor more or here 
  • Channel 4 documentary ‘The Cruel Cut‘.  A passionate, exuberant exploration of the complex world of Female Genital Mutilation
  • Leaflet – FGM the facts click HERE
  • NEW  National FGM Centre
  • Safeguarding Children and Young People: The RCGP/NSPCC Safeguarding Children Toolkit for General Practice.  Reference to travel – see page 90 and for link to the toolkit see here
  • NEW Three very powerful animated videos on YouTube  developed by the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) in collaboration with The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), NGOs and a variety of local community partners.   REALLY WORTH A WATCH.  See part 1  part 2  part 3
  • 28 TOO MANY – see here  is a registered charity in England and Wales (1150379), established in 2010 by Dr. Ann-Marie Wilson to undertake research and provide knowledge and tools to those working to end FGM in the countries in Africa where it is practised and across the diaspora worldwide


  • E-learning from the Faculty of Travel Medicine (RCPSG) free online training but requires registration and a certificate of completion is then provided here
  • E-learning from the Faculty of Travel Medicine (RCPSG) free online training with no registration and then no certificate of completion  provided here
  • Female genital mutilation: RCN guidance for travel health services here 
  • Female genital mutilation: RCN travel health services pathway (A4 poster) here 
  • Article related to travel health by Ann McDonald: FGM an a GLOBAL assessment with thanks to Practice Nurse for permission to post this article here
  • NaTHNaC information for FGM HERE
  • Fitfortravel resources for FGM HERE
  • World FGM prevalence map from the National FGM Centre 

Click on images below for access to the RCN documents and to the PHE infographic ‘Understanding FGM’ 

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