As summer holiday draws to an end, there are girls who may have been cut. It is vital for schools to create a culture where children feel able to come forward if they have been a victim of FGM, or suspect that a friend might have. If a child approaches a member of staff, they need to be able to act on this information.
If a child has already undergone the procedure it should be reported so that the child is provided with appropriate care and support. Signs that could indicate a girl has had FGM include:
- Going to the toilet more often than usual or for a long time.
- Not able to cross her legs when sitting on the floor.
- Trying to get out of PE.
- Urinary tract infections, being in pain, clutching her body.
- Sudden changes in behaviour (quiet/subdued/misbehaving).
- Talking about something somebody did to them that they are not allowed to discuss.
- Avoiding old friends
What to do if you are concerned about someone who is at risk of FGM
- Talk to them about your concerns
- Talk to your safeguarding officer