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New FGM stats published

7 September, 2016

New FGM stats published

Between April and June, more than 2000 woman were reported as having been subjected to FGM, new data shows.

There were a total of 2029 repports in the three months, of which 1293 were newly recorded cases.

However, the news does not necessarily mean that the attendance is the woman or girl’s first for FGM, or that the FGM has recently been undertaken.

The data has only recently been collected and published, so a percentage of cases are likely to be historic.

A total of 80 Trusts and 26 GP practices submitted one or more FGM attendance record for this second quarter period.

Janet Fyle, RCM professional policy advisor, said: ‘The RCM commends the Department of Health for the regular collecting and reporting on FGM data.

‘However, it is disappointing to see that so many services in England have not provided data that could have been included in these statistics as this would enable us to plan and provide appropriate services’ for survivors.

'Regardless of the practice environment, it is vital that in all areas across England where vulnerable women and children present to services or at NHS Trusts or GP practices where FGM is identified, that the correct support services are in place.

‘In particular we must address the need for physiological support services for survivors of FGM which must be culturally appropriate. Unfortunately there are discrepancies in this area of care that still remain and uneven spread of services across the south of England.’

She added: ‘Midwives are one of the key frontline healthcare professions in detecting and helping to prevent female genital mutilation, but all healthcare professionals need to be vigilant in identifying those at risk.’

NHS digital is behind the reports, which support the Department of Health’s FGM prevention programme in England.

Almost half of all cases relate to women and girls from London – 47% of newly recorded cases and 47% of total attendances.

The RCM has been providing members with improved FGM learning resources including i-learn tutorials and practical advice and support.

For more information and to read the latest report click here.

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