4th July 2015

New film urges people across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to look out for and report signs of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

• Hard hitting film spells out the facts and dangers about FGM
• Impending summer holiday season a peak time for FGM activity
• Girls at risk of “procedure that will devastate her life for ever” warns leading FGM expert

A new hard-hitting film has been launched by the Safeguarding Children Boards and three Clinical Commissioning Groups across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR), urging people to be on the look-out for signs of FGM and report them to the police.

FGM is any procedure which involves the partial or complete removal of the external female FGM genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

All types of FGM have been illegal in the UK since the 1985 Female Circumcision Prohibition Act.

Anyone suspecting FGM can report it by contacting
(0116) 305 0005 (Leicestershire County Council)
(0116) 454 1004 (Leicester City Council)
(01572) 758 407 (Rutland County Council)

The film sets out the shocking health risks of FGM:
• Severe pain and shock, broken limbs (from being held down) infection, increased HIV/AIDS risk, urine retention, tissue injury and fatal haemorrhaging
• In the short term, uterus, vaginal and pelvic infections, cysts and neuromas, infertility, increased risk of fistula, pregnancy and childbirth complications
• In the longer term. psycho-sexual, psychological and social consequences, trauma flashbacks and depression
• Around 10% of FGM victims die from short term effects and 1 in 4 from recurrent problems.

In the film, Dr Sudhir Sethi, LLR Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children, says: “We have sizeable communities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland who may be at risk from FGM. From my perspective it is the violation of the rights of a child to be protected from any form of torture, inhumane or degrading treatment.

“If you act and protect one child, you will potentially be protecting many children in that child’s family, community and extended family.

“The signs can be very subtle. The girl might simply say she is going on a long holiday and might simply say there is going to be a great celebration or a special event – or she may say she is going and will return as a proper woman. That’s all we will get.”

The film is available at https://youtu.be/2XdHwHGJHCk

For further information on FGM see the local ‘Health For Teens’ website page:

Membership of the Leicester Safeguarding Children Board

Statutory members
Director of Children’s Services
Lead Member for Children Services and Assistant City Mayor
Lay Members
Leicester City Council:
• Youth Offending Service
• Children’s Social Care & Safeguarding, Leicester City Council
• Adult Social Care & Safeguarding
NHS Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group
• Designated Nurse
• Designated Doctor
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
Leicestershire Constabulary
Children and Family Court Advice and Support Service
Youth Offending Service
Leicestershire & Rutland Probation Trust
Education Improvement Partnership
City Primary Heads
Further Education Colleges

Non-statutory members
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
East Midlands Ambulance Service
Child Death Overview Panel
Barnardo’s CareFree Young Carers Service
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Leicester City Council:
• Legal services
• Learning, Quality & Performance
GP consortia, National Health Service

Membership of the Leicestershire & Rutland Local Safeguarding Children Board:-

Statutory members
Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS)
NHS East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group
East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS)
Further Education Colleges
Head teacher representatives from both Leicestershire and Rutland
Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council (representing the Borough and District Councils)
Lay Members (from Leicestershire & Rutland)
Leicestershire County Council
Leicestershire County Council Lead Member
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT)
Leicestershire Police
Leicestershire & Rutland Probation Trust
NHS England (Area Team)
Rutland County Council
Rutland County Council Lead Member
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
NHS West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group

Other members:
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust: CDOP Chair
National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children
Voluntary Action Leicestershire
Armed Forces – Kendrew Barracks
Vista (Voluntary Agency)