UK government publishes new FGM guidelines
The UK government has published new guidelines designed to better educate medical professionals about the signs and effects of female genital mutilation (FGM). Overall, the main aim of the guidance is to help prevent more women and girls from being affected by the cultural practice, alongside teaching doctors and nurses how best to support them if they have been a victim of the procedure. The new FGM Risk Identification System is also intended to make sure GPs and other medical staff are prepared to deal with FGM victims in the most sensitive way possible. "Good communication is essential when talking to individuals who have had FGM, may be at risk of FGM, or are affected by the practice," the new guidelines state. However, they are not just aimed at medical professionals, but also teachers, the police and local authority workers who may come into contact with FGM victims or individuals at risk of being forced to undergo the procedure.