Female Genital Mutilation - Now Postponed to a date to be arranged.
Announcement from Leicester Safeguarding Children Partnership Board and Leicestershire&Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnership:
Unfortunately, due to government advice regarding Covid19 and associated risks, we have been asked to postpone all conferences until further notice.
We will be rescheduling the dates as soon as the situation improves and look forward to welcoming you again to our events as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we wish you a safe and healthy time.
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Leicester City Safeguarding Children Partnership Board, Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnership and De Montfort University collaborates for the:
FGM - Female Genital Mutilation - Empowering Cultural Change Conference
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an invasive procedure that currently affects over 200 million girls and women worldwide (UNICEF, 2019), about half a million in Europe (Baelen, Ortensi & Leye, 2016) and approximately 140,000 in the UK (City University London, 2015). It is a procedure performed without medical reasons (NHS online) and is illegal in the UK (FGM Act 2003, section 70(1) of Serious Crime Act 2015), falling under child abuse. At the beginning of 2019 the mother of a 3-year-old girl was the first person to be convicted of FGM in the UK. But prosecutions and convictions alone cannot put an end to this type of child abuse. Professionals working in social care, health, education and crime prevention need to understand the practice’s cultural underlay in order to be better equipped to spot the risk signs (as well as the signs that FGM has already occurred), and to build meaningful conversations with families, communities and other professionals that will safeguard girls and young women.
This one-day conference aims to offer participants the opportunity for the FGM cultural underlay to be be safely discussed and challenged, and the space for those typical patterns of thinking about FGM to be disrupted. The conference will do these by using innovative and participatory approaches that can break down the barriers of conventionality. The agenda includes interactive sessions where FGM is discussed from social and health perspectives, as well as arts-based sessions that involve theatre play performed by students, storytelling, written poetry, and photo-video collages. Participants at the conference include students at DMU from social work, youth and community development, nursing and midwifery, education, criminology programmes, as well as professionals working in social care, health, education or in safeguarding roles, and members of the wider community.
- Centre for Academic Innovation at DMU – Momodou Sallah
- Social Care Learning and Development Hub – Anamaria Oprea
- Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Safeguarding Children Partnerships – Elizabeth Dunn
Professional areas of focus:
- Social care: social work, children services
- Heath care: midwifery, nursing
- Education: schools
- Legal criminal matters: policing, criminal law, criminology with/without psychology
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