Ending FGM in Coventry through prevention and community behaviour change
PHE ePoster Library. McDermott E. 09/13/17; 186528; 233
Ms. Etain McDermott
Ms. Etain McDermott
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Abstract In 2015 Coventry City Council's Public Health team implemented a number of measures to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Coventry, and support those affected.We carried out extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation with communities to design a quality support service for women affected by FGM. The service focused on preventing FGM through education, training, awareness raising, recruitment of community champions, peer mentoring, community asset building to ensure sustainability and empowerment of women and girls to facilitate community behaviour change.The service was delivered by a consortium of specialists based in the voluntary sector. Successes include;Recruited 32 community champions from countries of origin where FGM is widely practised who volunteer to undertake engagement activities within communities to raise awareness about FGM, change attitudes and behaviour and prevent FGM from taking place.Trained over 750 professionals and 300 young people. Lesson plans were given to primary & secondary schools to support schools to discuss FGM. Specially adapted sessions were delivered to parents at the request of schools.Received 45 disclosures of FGM and provided support to those affectedPrevented 81 cases of FGMIn addition, the Council has also supported Coventry university to develop PETALs, an award winning webapp for young people and 'PETALs for Professionals', aimed at supporting social workers, teachers and health professionals to prevent FGM and support those affected, & has developed a film, 'It Stops With Me' starring local people to raise awareness of the dangers of FGM & encourage practising communities to oppose it: https://youtu.be/Q16OmOp26bk
Abstract In 2015 Coventry City Council's Public Health team implemented a number of measures to prevent Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Coventry, and support those affected.We carried out extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation with communities to design a quality support service for women affected by FGM. The service focused on preventing FGM through education, training, awareness raising, recruitment of community champions, peer mentoring, community asset building to ensure sustainability and empowerment of women and girls to facilitate community behaviour change.The service was delivered by a consortium of specialists based in the voluntary sector. Successes include;Recruited 32 community champions from countries of origin where FGM is widely practised who volunteer to undertake engagement activities within communities to raise awareness about FGM, change attitudes and behaviour and prevent FGM from taking place.Trained over 750 professionals and 300 young people. Lesson plans were given to primary & secondary schools to support schools to discuss FGM. Specially adapted sessions were delivered to parents at the request of schools.Received 45 disclosures of FGM and provided support to those affectedPrevented 81 cases of FGMIn addition, the Council has also supported Coventry university to develop PETALs, an award winning webapp for young people and 'PETALs for Professionals', aimed at supporting social workers, teachers and health professionals to prevent FGM and support those affected, & has developed a film, 'It Stops With Me' starring local people to raise awareness of the dangers of FGM & encourage practising communities to oppose it: https://youtu.be/Q16OmOp26bk
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