'Prevent' and 'Female Genital Mutilation' (FGM)

7 june 2017, 9.00 - 13.00
central London

This half-day event delivered in two parts, is designed to ensure that education staff receive the training specified by the Home Office in relation to the prevention of terrorism and then gain a clear understanding of female genital mutilation and the implications of this tricky topic for schools and other education settings.

Part 1 of the session:

The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities, in the exercise of their functions, to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. This duty refers to governing bodies, school leaders and school staff in maintained schools (including nursery schools), non-maintained special schools, proprietors of independent schools (including academies and free schools), alternative provision academies and 16-19 academies.

The Home Office has specified the training that is needed for school staff and helps them to make good judgements about behaviour that might indicate the presence of radicalisation. This workshop is based on the Home Office Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent ( WRAP) and provides an overview of the Prevent strategy and the statutory responsibilities of schoolsThis course is of particular interest to safeguarding leads.

Course Outcomes: Participants will:

  • Understand the Prevent strategy
  • Consider factors that might make someone vulnerable to radicalisation
  • Recognise possible concerns
  • Be clear on what action to take in responding to a concern and what help and support is available
  • Consider what this means for practice in your setting

Part 2 of the session:

FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is illegal in England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003. Section 5(b) of the Act introduces a mandatory report duty which requires teachers in England and Wales to report known cases which they identify in the course of their professional work to the police.

This mandatory requirement is in addition to any existing safeguarding responsibilities where there is an identified or known risk to a child. This event will focus on how teachers can understand the issues around FGM and how they must respond to this requirement in an appropriate manner

Course Outcomes: Participants will have:

  • A better understanding of the background to female genital mutilation and its history
  • Explored the duty of care that all professionals have when FGM may be a concern
  • Learned about the most appropriate responses to concerns and how to make an appropriate referral

This course would be ideal for anyone who works in the Education sector, particularly Headteachers, Designated Leads and Senior Staff

Course facilitators

Helen Elliott - Prevent

She is involved in the Home Office Ending Gangs and Exploitation initiative as an accredited peer reviewer and is an approved WRAP (Prevent) facilitator. She also has recent experience as an associate lecturer on Early Childhood Studies and Postgraduate Social Work Degrees.

Helen has had a significant role developing and delivering training and support in safeguarding and child protection for partners, including schools and early years’ settings. She also provides consultancy and advice to help schools develop or review safeguarding practice, policy and procedures.

Ubah Egal - FGM

Emma is a qualified social worker and a qualified nursery nurse specialising in working with children with special needs. She is currently working with MOPAC VWAG (Mayor’s Office of Policing Against Crime Vulnerable Women and Girls) as a specialist social worker.

She specialises in child sexual exploitation, gangs, domestic abuse and serious youth violence. She is a member of several safeguarding panels and offers consultation to professionals.

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