The FBI has come to Croydon.
The G-men and women visited Croydon to learn from the borough’s NHS-backed Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) project team to protect girls who are risk and improve the psychological and physical health outcomes for those who have been affected.
The officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States, were keen to find out more about the pioneering project and how it could be implemented to help women and families who might be affected in America.
“Our biggest concern is always to make sure women and girls in the borough are able to access the care and support they need,” said Beth Kelly, Croydon’s FGM project consultant.
“We’ve done this by bringing together an overarching strategy across the borough’s many agencies, from the NHS to the council, the police to the voluntary sector. In particular, we know what an essential role community members and service users have played in both the set-up of the project and in our continued work to reach out and improve local services and understanding.”
In Croydon, it is estimated that 1 in 100 females have been affected by FGM at some point in their lives. About 200 births per year in Croydon are to women affected by FGM.
Since its inception, the project has seen a high increase in referrals for children assessed as at risk of FGM, mostly from one of the more than 1,500 professionals from health services, the local authority, police and the voluntary sector who have been trained in FGM risk assessment.
The NSPCC hosts a FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 or they can be contacted by email at email@example.com. Or calls and contacts are treated confidentially.
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