Midwife ‘role’ as NHS targets female genital mutilation
Midwives can be asked to routinely raise the topic of female genital mutilation with women from communities where it’s known to ensue, the dep. of Health has indicated.
The partial or total removal of external female genitalia is illegitimate inside the UK however the practice occurs in parts of Africa, the center East and Asia.
The DoH says the NHS has a “key role… in supporting anyone affected”.
It also hopes to spot girls who might be in danger sooner or later.
Guidelines for health professionals in England and Wales on the way to safeguard children and adults laid low with FGM were published by the DoH in 2011.
The possibility of midwives asking their patients more questions on the procedure comes after the Crown Prosecution Service launched an action plan in November to focus on FGM and moves by the Royal College of Midwives to enhance its own monitoring efforts.
FGM is alleged to be typically inflicted on girls aged between four and 13 and ladies who’ve been cut can even experience problems during child birth.
A DoH spokesperson said: “FGM is a significant criminal offence. Health professionals must always take action once they believe a baby or young person have been assaulted by any means, to offer protection to them and others from further harm.
“The health system plays a key role in identifying and supporting anyone stricken by FGM.
“Because of this we’re exploring the gathering of FGM data within the NHS, including inside the maternity and children’s dataset.”
FGM is understood to be performed in additional than 28 countries, mainly in western and southern Asia, the center East, including Yemen and Saudi Arabia, and parts of Africa similar to Somalia, Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan.
According to the Metropolitan Police, there isn’t a evidence of FGM being performed in UK, however it says anecdotally it’s reported to have happened.
There were no prosecutions up to now within the UK.
But it also includes illegal for British nationals or permanent residents to be taken to a different country for the procedure. Anybody convicted of involvement in FGM is additionally jailed for as much as 14 years