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will FGM guidance be enough?

28 February 2014

It appears that Mr Gove has listened to the concerns about FGM and the role schools can play in tackling the issue. He has agreed to contact schools to highlight their duties in this area.

‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ is expected by Easter and is set to include guidance on FGM. Although we will all be glad to see FGM addressed in guidance for schools, if the government take their usual approach of providing only limited, high level guidance it may not help you address this illegal practice. If that is the case, it will be for schools to plug the gaps by ensuring they have strong working relationships with other agencies and are addressing the issue on a whole school community basis. Educating young people and training staff to recognise signs will be two big areas for schools to focus on, especially given Ofsted’s interest in FGM when inspecting safeguarding.

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