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FGM guidelines for health visitors

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The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has released a set of resources to help health visitors deal with FGM.

The resources are aimed to at supporting health visitors in protecting young girls and babies at risk of FGM.

The resources are supported by the DH and were created by Priscilla Dike, an FGM expert and senior midwifery lecturer at the University of Greenwich.

Ms Dike said that these resources were important to help health visitors' access information to ensure a multidisciplinary approach. 'I wanted to improve the channels of reporting, so health visitors are aware of who to raise concerns with, to increase cooperation and collaboration with other services.'

A health professional said: 'There is an urgent need to inform and support health visitors on this subject. Those working in more provincial areas may not have come across FGM before, but with more families displaced across the UK, more professionals are likely to encounter women and girls where FGM is an issue and will need to have access to information such as this.'

The resources were released after the government pledged to eradicate FGM and child marriage within a generation.

The resources can be found at: www.ihv.org.uk/

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