National FGM Centre Conference 2016
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 from 09:00 to 16:00 (BST)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In the past year more than 5,700 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) were reported by healthcare providers in England. Children’s services, health, police, education and the legal system are all increasing their awareness of FGM with recent changes in safeguarding policies and procedures, inspection and data collection regimes. Despite this, the extent of the problem and the most effective ways to work with girls and families affected by FGM are still largely unknown.
The National FGM Centre’s second annual conference will give senior managers, commissioners, service managers and practitioners from across statutory and voluntary services a rare opportunity to learn about new, cost effective models of service delivery and the current evidence base from experts in the field.
Safeguarding girls at risk of FGM and supporting those who have undergone FGM presents new challenges for children’s services, healthcare, the police, and schools and those working directly with affected communities. These include how to work effectively together in a multi-agency context, with joint inspections looking at the effectiveness of front-line safeguarding, including in relation to FGM, and how well the different agencies work together.
The National FGM Centre has been working across local agencies to develop flexible and innovative responses to this hidden form of child abuse. The conference will enable delegates to hear from representatives of these local authorities and other stakeholders about the ways in which, in the words of one:
“This has resulted in improved detection, support and intervention in relation to FGM.”
The National FGM Centre works with girls, mothers, fathers and other family members to strengthen families and support parents to develop positive relationships and keep their daughters safe. We know and understand the challenges of designing excellent services to respond a form of abuse which is often hidden and with a fluctuating level of risk.
This second annual conference from the National FGM Centre will provide participants with the latest knowledge on how services can be transformed to prevent new cases of FGM, protect girls and women, support those affected by FGM and work in partnership to provide responses for girls and their families.
A list of confirmed speakers are as follows:
- Isabelle Trowler; Chief Social Worker for Children and Families - Keynote Speaker (Confirmed)
- Javed Khan; Chief Executive, Barnardo’s
- Cllr Lisa Brett; Deputy Chair, LGA's Safer & Stronger Communities Board
- Nazir Aftal; Chief Executive, Association of Police & Crime Commissioners, England & Wales
- Gerry Campbell; Detective Chief Superintendent, Deputy National Policing Lead for HBA, FM and FGM
- Celia Jeffreys; Head of National FGM Centre
- Joe Tynan; Service Manager, Thurrock Local Authority
- Natalie Kontoulis; Advocacy & Communications Officer, EU End FGM Partnership
- Katie McCracken; Director of Opcit Research
- Dr. Deborah Hodes; Consultant Community Paediatrician, Specialist FGM Clinic at University College London Hospital
- Louise Starks; Principal Consultant, York Consulting LLP
- Millie Kerr; Children’s Services Manager, National FGM Centre
- Rohma Ullah; Specialist FGM Project Worker, National FGM Centre