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RCN updates female genital mutilation guidance

Employers need to ensure staff are supported and trained to cope with cases of female gential mutilation, RCN guidance states

The RCN has set out the legal and professional responsibilities of nurses to help them deal with cases of female genital mutilation (FGM).

The college has issued updated guidance on FGM with details about what it is and how multi-agency working can help those affected.

It includes details about the Serious Crime Act (2015) – which extended the scope of the law to include offences committed abroad against a UK resident – and the mandatory duty to report FGM, which came into effect last year.

RCN professional lead for midwifery and women’s health Carmel Bagness said: ‘The legal and professional responsibilities of nurses and midwives have changed, and our latest guidance will bring healthcare staff up to date, making it clear what they can do to protect their patients.

‘There is also an onus on employers to provide all the education and training they need to carry out their responsibilities in this area.’

To read the RCN guidance on FGM click here

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