Female genital mutilation: Understanding the impact within a domestic and child abuse context (CPD course)

CPD: 6 points

Awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) has risen rapidly in the last 5 years mainly due to courageous activists and survivors who have prioritised its campaign. It is estimated that 23,000 girls are cut in the UK (Daughters of Eve). The Female Genital Mutilation Act was created in 2003 and recently amended by the Serious Crimes Act 2015 to provide guidance and protection to those affected by Female Genital Mutilation.

What does the course cover?

This course aims to give a holistic and comprehensive understanding of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within the sphere of domestic and child abuse, pulling from the legislative power that can be drawn upon for support, for those working in communities to end this form of violence against women and children. The course explores the detrimental effects of Female Genital Mutilation and the risk to young women and girls at home and abroad. Professionals who attend this course will gain a new perspective and approach to ending Female Genital Mutilation and leave with the skills to effectively support survivors.

• Understanding FGM in the context of Domestic and Child Abuse
• What the legislation says on FGM, duties and protection orders
• Overcoming myths and cultural barriers
• Recognising the signs of abuse
• Long-standing health effects of FGM
• Best practice for professionals effecting real change in the UK
• Providing support and safety to survivors

Course dates and booking:

See our list below for upcoming events and click on the course to book your space.

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Who is this training suitable for?

The course is suitable for:

• Domestic Violence Workers including DAPA’s, IDVA’s and ISVA’s
• Health professionals including Midwives, Health Visitors and GP’s.
• Refuge Staff
• Legal professionals
• Community workers
• Social workers
• Police
• Housing Officers
• and other interested professionals


Full Women’s Aid Members: £150
Non-Members: £175

Trainer profile:

Saphra Ross

Saphra has over 10 years’ experience in violence against women and girls and women’s rights. She has supported young survivors of domestic and sexual abuse through her work in Children’s Services, as well as BME women and children in refuge at BAWSO in Wales. Saphra supported the development of projects and events for women and delivered and facilitated training at NUS and NUS Wales as part of their Women’s Campaigns. Saphra practiced Criminal and Family Law in the USA through which she also provided counselling and support to women survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence.

In her current role, Saphra uses her experience in the domestic and sexual abuse sector and in women’s rights as a trainer for Women’s Aid National Training Centre.

Please note that submitting an application form will automatically generate an invoice so please only apply if you wish to attend the course.

If you have any questions please email: [email protected]

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