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Help for families affected by FGM; E&S BRIEFING.

Almost 60 families in Staffordshire affected by the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) have been helped by a specialist service in its first year.

The new service was set up in July last year by Matthew Ellis, the Staffordshire Police Commissioner for Police with funding from the Home Office.

Since them more than 800 professionals have undergone specialist training and awareness sessions to help them identify and support women and girls who have suffered FGM, or who may be at risk.

Sue Arnold Deputy commissioner Sue Arnold, who leads on FGM awareness, said: "Staffordshire saw 45 newly recorded cases of FGM between April 2018 and March 2019, according to the latest figures from NHS Digital. FGM can have serious consequences for women and girls, physically, emotionally and psychologically, and these consequences are likely to continue throughout the victim's life."

One of three pilot locations is based in Stafford. They are run by the National FGM Centre, a partnership between Barnardo's and the Local Government Association.

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Publication:Express and Star (Wolverhampton, England)
Date:Aug 2, 2019
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