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Female Genital Mutilation

This online course is for those who provide support for survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and in the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation in girls and women at risk. The FGM course deals with the issues posed by FGM at all stages of a girl or woman’s life and is aimed at all health care professionals including school nurses, practice nurses, health visitors, and GPs.

Course Fee: GBP 30 | Code: 239

Learning Objectives

This online course deals with the issues posed by FGM at all stages of a girl or woman’s life and is aimed at all health care professionals including school nurses, practice nurses, health visitors, and GPs. The sessions are designed to improve the knowledge and awareness amongst health and social care professionals of some of the issues which FGM has on women and children.

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Course Information

  • Audience

    Medical students, counsellors, doctors, nurses, assistants, health care workers, social workers, therapists and other clinicians

  • Course Duration

    12 months full access to complete the course

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    Sessions

    This course has 5 sessions

  • Study time

    3 Hours of online training. Recommend 30 minutes per session.

  • Certificate

    Upon successful completion, you are awarded a certificate issued online from respective Royal Medical Colleges

  • Developed by

    UK Department of Health’s National Audiology Programme and Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare.

Course Contents

Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

    The different ways women and girls may be affected by FGM
    The four types of FGM according to the World Health Organization’s classification
    The legal status of FGM procedures in the UK and abroad
    How to refer a woman to FGM services
    What to do if you suspect a child may be at risk of FGM

Communication Skills for FGM Consultations

    Initiate and conduct a sensitive consultation with a patient at risk of or who has undergone FGM
    Recognise a patient at risk of FGM
    Explain the cultural justifications for why FGM is done
    Consider and address your own feelings about FGM

FGM: Issues, Presentation and Management in Children and Young Women

    Key safeguarding principles relevant to FGM
    The ways that FGM may present in girls
    The short and long-term physical and psychosocial complications of FGM
    Describe and apply the issue of FGM to a key public health model
    Referral pathways to specialist services, social care and/or the police

FGM: Issues, Presentation and Management in Women and Around Pregnancy

    Each FGM classification type
    The short and long-term complications of FGM
    The management of antenatal, perinatal and postnatal issues
    How to carry out de-infibulation antenatally, during labour or in a non-pregnant woman
    The assessment and treatment provided to a woman with FGM

Legal and Safeguarding Issues Regarding FGM in the UK

    Why FGM is a form of child abuse and violence that violates the human rights of women and children
    The law relating to FGM in the UK and its influence on the practice of health professionals
    Legal roles and responsibilities of health care professionals, police and social care relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults.
    Where to get help and how to escalate concerns
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