Female genital mutilation: safeguarding scenarios

Types of abuse
Sexual Abuse
Emotional Abuse
"Honour"-based Abuse
Physical Abuse

Use these scenarios to test whether your staff can spot the signs that a girl is potentially at risk of FGM, or that it has potentially taken place. Make sure staff know how to respond to concerns of FGM. 

Last reviewed on 27 April 2021
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Female genital mutilation - scenario 1
Female genital mutilation - scenario 2

Share these scenarios with your staff to test their:

  • Understanding of how to handle a safeguarding situation
  • Knowledge of your school's reporting procedures

Scenario 1 is about a girl at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM), while scenario 2 is about a case where FGM has potentially taken place. 

You'll find 2 versions of each scenario - one has prompts for how staff should respond, and the other one doesn't. 

If you send these scenarios to staff by email, make sure you use the version without the answers. Erase 'FGM' from the file name before sending it, so staff don't see which safeguarding issue the scenario is about.

If you use the scenarios at a staff briefing, make sure you give staff the version without the highlighted answer text.

Want to give staff more information on FGM? Share our factsheet with them.

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