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There is still more to do, says CNO on FGM

9 February, 2016

There is still more to do, says CNO on FGM

The chief nursing officer (CNO) for England said that ‘although we have come far, there is still a significant way to go' to eradicate FGM in a generation.

Her comments were made in her keynote address at a multi-professional conference yesterday (8 February) in London to mark International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM 2016.

CNO Jane Cummings highlighted some of the achievements made over the past year in the fight against FGM, including Health Education England’s e-learning guide, the NSPCC’s FGM helpline, and the national guidelines.

But she said that the mental health needs of survivors are still something that needs to be considered going forward.

Jane also highlighted the importance of strengthening working partnerships between all professions – from teachers and social workers to midwives, nurses and GPs.

The aim of the conference was to bring together people from all professions to highlight the progress being made to tackle FGM and where there is room for improvement.

Speeches and workshops explained to delegates the importance of mandatory reporting, the use of risk assessment for safeguarding, as well as the value of youth engagement and education.

The conference coincided with FGM Prevention Week this week, from 8 to 12 February.

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