FGM Summer Letter for Schools

The Police and Crime Commissioner and Hampshire Constabulary, in partnership with Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and Isle of Wight Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards are asking for support from schools in helping to identify and protect young girls who may be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage (FM) throughout the year but specifically over the summer.

A partnership letter has been devised for Head Teachers to highlight the importance of reporting and referring children at risk of FGM and FM to help us understand the full scale of the challenge. The statutory guidance provided within ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018’, ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018’ and Mandatory Reporting of FGM makes explicit reference to FGM and FM as safeguarding issues, and since 31 October 2015, regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales have been required legally to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds, which they identify in the course of their professional work, to the police.

The letter can be accessed via the link button below along with a link button to the Safe4me FGM Toolkit which consists of additional information and resources.

Summer Letter to Head Teachers
Safe4me FGM/FM/HBV Toolkit