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National FGM Centre

Project Description

The problem the NFGMC is addressing is the prevalence of hidden forms of child abuse in England known as female genital mutilation (FGM), abuse linked to faith or belief, and breast ironing/flattening. The project will scale and spread the NFGMC’s work to date, transferring the learning to high prevalence areas and new harmful practices (HPs). It will implement its new delivery model in social work enabling local authorities (LAs) to provide specialist services to children and families. Social workers, managed by NFGMC, will be located in local authorities’ safeguarding teams with delegated authority or duties. They will intervene early with families, working with teachers and health professionals, to develop long-term safeguarding plans for children at risk, including using FGM protection orders (FGMPOs). The outcomes it is working towards include:

Learning to date includes:

This project is an expansion of the National FGM Centre, established in 2015 with Round One Innovation Programme funding, and it is now part funded to 2020.

DfE funded independent evaluation will be published in 2020.


Barnardo’s working with Local Government Association in three low prevalence and at least three high prevalence local authorities – TBC


eastmidlands, eastofengland, london, northeast, northwest, southeast, southwest, westmidlands, yorkshireandthehumber


Leethen Bartholomew

Head of National FGM Centre

Meg Fassam-Wright

National Lead – Strategic Partnering and Sustainability