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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  and 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 image left below is from elearning for health from Health Education England for those with an NHS e mail address
  • The course on the image right below was developed for the Home Office by Virtual College for anyone interested in FGM (without an NHS e mail address)

Both courses are very interesting, informative and worth taking.


University of Aberdeen on FutureLearn: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Health, Law, and Socio-Cultural Sensitivity click here


  • Department of Health and Social Care GUIDANCE for health care staff HERE
  • Department of Health and Social Care Safeguarding women and girls at risk of FGM HERE 
  • Department of Health and Social Care 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 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
  • RCN – Numerous FGM resources HERE including professional resources and publications and RCN guidance Female genital mutilation: An RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice (Fifth edition) updated 2023 HERE
  • RCN Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff (See note lxxxix at the bottom of page 28) 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  
  • Channel 4 documentary ‘The Cruel Cut’ was a passionate, exuberant exploration of the complex world of Female Genital Mutilation but is unfortunately no longer available online in full.  Here is a trailer.  However there is a TED talk from Leyla Hussein who presented the documentary, talking on the subject and if you search on YouTube there are more.
  • Leaflet – FGM the facts click HERE
  • New  National FGM Centre
  • The RCGP Safeguarding Children Toolkit for General Practice see HERE with many other resources for Good practice safeguarding in general practice from the RCGP here.
  • RCM 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


Specific TRAVEL & FGM elearning training from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow Faculty of Travel Medicine –

  • Free of charge online training but requires registration and a certificate of completion is then provided here
  • Free of charge online training with no registration and then no certificate of completion  provided here

RCN publication for travel health  

  • Female genital mutilation: RCN guidance for travel health services here and see the RCN travel health services pathway A4 poster in the back of this publication

Other resources related to travel health

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

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