1036 New Cases of FGM

Meeting: 
MQT on 2015-10-21
Session date: 
October 21, 2015
Reference: 
2015/3416
Question By: 
Onkar Sahota
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

Given that the latest released figures by the NHS suggest there were 1036 reported cases of FGM in just three months, can the Mayor update the Assembly on the progress of his 'Harmful Practice' pilot scheme, and outline what further actions he is taking to combat this crime?

Answer

Answer for 1036 New Cases of FGM

Answer for 1036 New Cases of FGM

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Harmful Practices pilot has been established since April and is now being delivered across one East and one West London pilot site in the following boroughs; Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham. This programme will see the upskilling of around 350 professionals, equipping them with an improved knowledge of Harmful Practices and the ability to identify an appropriate local response.

In addition to this, I have secured funding from the Department for Education to develop a specific and enhanced model for FGM victims which takes an innovative approach to tackling FGM though the recruitment of Social Workers (who will work closely with midwives) and Community Advocates that have an FGM specialism.

My refreshed Violence Against Women and Girls strategy firmly grounds FGM in a wider continuum of harmful attitudes that are at the root cause of Harmful Practices (HP). As such my HP Pilot takes an integrated approach to tackling FGM, 'honour' based violence, faith based abuse and forced marriage.