• FGM: awareness training for healthcare professionals
    FGM: awareness training for healthcare professionals
    FGM: awareness training for healthcare professionals
    • Relevant to all health and social care practitioners who work with women and girls
    • Developed in the UK by Health Education England (HEE) and supported by the Department of Health’s FGM Prevention team
    • Supported by a host of organisations including the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the Royal College of Midwives and FORWARD
Female Genital Mutilation E-learning Course

e-learning to improve awareness and understanding of FGM

The FGM programme is an essential, high-quality and cost-effective e-learning resource for health and social care professionals who work with women and girls who are sufferers of female genital mutilation (FGM)

There are an estimated 130 million women and girls living with female genital mutilation (FGM) worldwide, mostly in African countries. In the UK, FGM is estimated to affect some 137,000 women.

Health professionals have a key role in providing support for survivors of female FGM and in the prevention of FGM in girls and women at risk. All health professionals should be aware of FGM and its health implications. Importantly, you should understand what actions are required when you encounter a child or woman who has had, or is at risk of, FGM.

The FGM programme deals with the issues posed by FGM at all stages of a girl or woman’s life. It is aimed at all healthcare professionals, including school nurses, practice nurses, health visitors and GPs. The sessions are designed to improve your knowledge and awareness of the issues surrounding FGM for women and children.

The highly interactive and engaging e-learning sessions include case studies and input from service users and carers. The content has been written and extensively peer-reviewed by renowned experts in the FGM field, in collaboration with leading professional bodies in the UK. It is updated regularly to reflect evolving practice and legislation, so it meets the highest professional standards.

The FGM programme is available 24/7 via the Internet – including on tablets and smartphones. So, you can access the learning material in the workplace, at home or on the move. Sessions are knowledge based and provide practical support to help you deal with these difficult issues, such as how to approach a conversation about FGM with patients.

Any questions?

If you have any further queries on our programmes, please take a look at our frequently asked questions or contact us.

Course Content

The Female Genital Mutilation programme (FGM) is made up of five 20 to 30-minute e-learning sessions consisting of the following:

Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

  • The different ways women and girls may be affected by FGM
  • The four types of FGM according to the World Health Organization’s classification
  • The legal status of FGM procedures in the UK and abroad
  • How to refer a woman to FGM services
  • What to do if you suspect a child may be at risk of FGM

Communication Skills for FGM Consultations

  • Initiate and conduct a sensitive consultation with a patient at risk of or who has undergone FGM
  • Recognise a patient at risk of FGM
  • Explain the cultural justifications for why FGM is done
  • Consider and address your own feelings about FGM

FGM: Issues, Presentation and Management in Children and Young Women

  • Key safeguarding principles relevant to FGM
  • The ways that FGM may present in girls
  • The short and long-term physical and psychosocial complications of FGM
  • Describe and apply the issue of FGM to a key public health model
  • Referral pathways to specialist services, social care and/or the police

FGM: Issues, Presentation and Management in Women and Around Pregnancy

  • Each FGM classification type
  • The short and long-term complications of FGM
  • The management of antenatal, perinatal and postnatal issues
  • How to carry out de-infibulation antenatally, during labour or in a non-pregnant woman
  • The assessment and treatment provided to a woman with FGM

Legal and Safeguarding Issues Regarding FGM in the UK

  • Why FGM is a form of child abuse and violence that violates the human rights of women and children
  • The law relating to FGM in the UK and its influence on the practice of health professionals
  • Legal roles and responsibilities of health care professionals, police and social care relating to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults in the UK
  • Where to get help and how to escalate concerns


The foundation for learning about FGM for all health and social care professionals.
Elinor Clarke, Chair FGM NC Group;
Senior Lecturer Midwifery, Coventry University

I think the communication session is so good that I will use it in training to all medical students/trainees etc.
Deborah Hodes, Consultant, Royal Free Hospital/UCLH


Single-user access to the FGM e-learning programme for 12 months costs £30 (excluding VAT where applicable). To purchase a licence, please click on the ‘Register’ button below.

Once you have submitted your details and your payment has been processed, your account details (user name and password) will be emailed to you within two to three working days.

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