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Safeguarding against female genital mutilation is a collective responsibility

Community nurses need to take a more holistic approach to identify and support FGM survivors and young girls who might be at risk.
Female genital mutilation

Community nurses need to take a more holistic approach to identify and support female genital mutilation survivors and young girls who might be at risk

I began working as a specialist nurse with women who had undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) in 1999. Looking back, it often felt as if we were working in isolation with these patients. Things are changing as we take a more holistic approach alongside colleagues in our hospitals, social services, the police – plus key partners and local communities. This transformation helps us now better identify and support FGM survivors and any young girls who may also be at risk.

FGM – the facts

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes FGM as ‘all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for

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