End FGM

End FGM

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (DPCC) Sue Arnold is spearheading an awareness campaign in Staffordshire highlighting the risk and cruelty of female genital mutilation (FGM), on behalf of Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

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Standing against female genital mutilation

The Commissioner received additional funding from the Home Office Violence against Women and Girls Service Transformation Fund in March 2017 to develop and implement a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) service in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The focus of the service is the prevention of FGM including the provision of
education and support for children who may be potential victims or victims of FGM
and their families.

Awareness raising and training for professionals as well as for community members is central to this project.

The Commissioner also pledged to provide additional investment for the Project over a three year period.

Following a successful commissioning exercise, Barnardo’s have been appointed as
the provider for this work with 2 project workers based in the North and South of the County.

A multi-agency steering group has been set up and an action plan to oversee the
strategic development of this work has been written.

It is a criminal offence in the UK to perform, or to assist in carrying out, female genital mutilation.

It usually happens between the ages of four and ten and can have serious consequences for a woman’s health and in some instances lead to death.

Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Arnold, held a  professionals conference  to bring agencies together to debate, engage and raise awareness so that strong and effective partnerships can be formed to tackle this serious issue.

Female genital mutilation is a hideous crime which almost always goes unreported. Around 24,000 girls are currently at risk of FGM across the UK which means that this is a problem that cannot be ignored in Staffordshire.

The Commissioner submitted a bid to the Home Office Violence against Women and Girls
Service Transformation Fund in March 2017 to develop and implement a Female
Genital Mutilation (FGM) service in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

The focus of the service will be the prevention of FGM including the provision of education and support for children who may be potential victims or victims of FGM and their families. Awareness raising and training for professionals as well as for community
members will also be central to this project.

In July 2017 the OPCC were notified that they had been successful in this bid and
were awarded £250,000 over three years (April 2017-March 2020). The PCC also
pledged to provide additional investment for the Project over the three year period.

Following a successful commissioning exercise, Barnardo’s have been appointed as
the service provider for this project. The project commenced on 1 May 2018 and
work has focused on the recruitment and selection of two project workers, informing
stakeholders about the project, reviewing local FGM training and developing
relationships with relevant community groups.

Barnardo’s and Staffordshire Police joined forces with a number of
organisations; Border Force, the National Crime Agency and other Police Forces
across the West Midlands, to implement Operation Limelight at Birmingham Airport
in August. The joint operation is a proactive airside operation targeting inbound and outbound flights to ‘countries of prevalence for FGM’.

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