News from Jennette Arnold OBE: Jennette Arnold OBE AM praises Islington Council's work to tackle FGM
Jennette Arnold praises Islington's work to fight FGM
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Local Assembly Member
praises Islington Council’s
to tackle FGM
This week, local London Assembly Member, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, met with Islington Council’s safeguarding team to discuss the borough’s Female Genital Mutilation Risk Assessment tool. As a lifelong campaigner against FGM, Ms Arnold, has praised the tool as “a vital step forward in ensuring that FGM is stamped out in our community”.
Launched in October 2018, the tool helps frontline professionals working in the health sector, schools, police and children’s services identify the risks of FGM.
During the meeting, Ms Arnold was provided with an insight into the work of the Council’s safeguarding team and how the borough has prioritised efforts to prevent FGM and improve support services to victims, despite significant Government cuts to its budget.
In April 2017, Ms Arnold published a London Assembly report, ‘Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in London’, which calls upon the Mayor of London to take a visible lead on ensuring that the practice is eradicated in the capital. The report also advises that City Hall supports the co-ordination of a multi-agency approach to tackling FGM and works towards introducing a Londonwide public awareness campaign.
In March 2018, in his Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy, the Mayor undertook a number of the recommendations made in the report. This included pledging £200,000 from the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime’s (MOPAC) Victims Fund to bolster a regional London Councils Harmful Practices programme. The programme will increase the training available to nurses, midwives and social workers who might encounter potential victims of abuses such as FGM.
Local London Assembly Member, Jennette Arnold OBE AM, said:
“I am really pleased to see Islington heading up this essential work, protecting young girls in our community from harm.
“It has to be acknowledged that frontline staff across the public sector are in the difficult situation of being expected to deliver increasingly specialist and targeted services despite ever-growing pressures brought on by stretched resources.
“It is positive that in the face of substantial budget cuts presided over by central government, the Council are prioritising efforts to eradicate FGM and safeguard the most vulnerable young Londoners.
“The launch of the risk assessment tool is a vital step forward in ensuring that FGM is stamped out in our community and only one of the facets of Islington’s pioneering approach to help London become a zero-cutting city.”
Notes to editors
- A photo of Jennette Arnold OBE AM’s meeting with Islington Council’s safeguarding team can be found attached;
- More details of Islington’s Female Genital Mutilation Risk Assessment tool can be found here;
- Jennette Arnold OBE AM’s London Assembly report, ‘Tackling Female Genital Mutilation in London’ can be read here;
- The Mayor of London’s Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy can be found here;
- More information about Jennette Arnold’s campaign to eradicate the practice of FGM in London can be found here;
- Jennette Arnold OBE AM is the London Assembly Member for North East (covering Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest).
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