Work with children and young people
In March 2014, the Scottish Government sent a letter to Head Teachers in Scotland, outlining the laws relating to FGM and discussing the role of schools in protecting children. In the same year schools were asked to include information on FGM in their child protection briefings. A similar presentation suitable for staff training is available under the Resources section.
GUIDANCE AND LESSON PLANS
Youth advocacy in practice toolkit
Create Youth-Net, Forward. 2015
For practitioners working on female genital mutilation and forced marriage with young people.
Engaging schools on FGM and Forced Marriage: A guide for education professionals
Create Youth-Net, 2015
Provides basic information about FGM and forced marriage; gives an overview about the importance of schools engaging on the issues; highlights some key principles and considerations; provides suggestions for effective schools engagement on the issues; and provides guidance on how to respond to and deal with disclosures.
FGM Lesson Plan
Forward UK, 2014
This FGM Lesson Plan has been developed to raise awareness of the practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) within a school setting and is designed to help inform and facilitate the exploration of attitudes around FGM. (NB developed for use in England and Wales).
Provides information on FGM, along with case studies, and teaching resources.
3.14 mins, Integrate UK
This short drama with accompanying resources allows young people to explore the emotions and challenges faced by girls who may have been subjected to FGM with empathy and compassion. At the beginning of a P.E lesson, a young girl runs away crying and hides in the toilet. Two of her friends come into the changing room and discuss her behaviour.
Hannah FGM lesson plan, session 1
Hannah FGM lesson plan, session 2.
Secondary school lesson plan from which aims to provide a safe space for staff and young people to overcome barriers in terms of discussing FGM.
My Body My Rules: Overview of Forward’s schools programme
Contact Forward UK for details of their schools resource pack
MATERIALS TO SUPPORT DISCUSSION
16 ways to help end FGM
Forward UK, 2011
Suggestions for how young people can raise awareness and campaign against FGM.
Female Genital Mutilation. Frequently asked questions: a campaigner’s guide for young people
Useful booklet with clear information.
FGM: Information, Services & Support Guide
Forward UK, 2013
Useful booklet outlining the main facts about FGM. Please note however that the support contacts listed are for England and Wales.
Safeguarding African Children Series
A series of publications available to download, including a booklet on FGM
AUDIO VISUAL RESOURCES
Approaches towards ending FGM
4.45 minutes, Gato & Mono Design, 2016
A brief overview of work to end FGM.
FGM: A change has begun
10.13 minutes, Girl Effect, 2014
A survivor-led account of life with FGM which speaks of the positive shift in perspective within practicing communities in the UK. Not suitable for under 16’s.
My Body, My Rules
3.31minutes, Forward UK
Short animation aimed at raising awareness of FGM amongst primary school aged children.
3.58 minutes, Forward UK, 2015
Animation highlighting that FGM is unnecessary and illegal. Not suitable for under 16’s.
10 minutes, Integrate UK, 2012
Short drama highlighting myths and misconceptions about FGM. A young girl tries to protect her sister in the UK. Not suitable for under 16’s.
The true story of Ghati and Rhobi
6 minutes, Forward UK & Children’s Dignity Forum
An animated film aimed at raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM). It tells the inspirational story of two girls (Ghati and Rhobi) resisting their community’s practice of FGM. They show courage by saying no to a practice that they heard would be painful and that some girls die from. With the help of community elders, they change the way their community treats a girl’s transition into womanhood by ending the practice.
These are our Friends: Forward young people speak out
5.18mins, Forward UK
Young people from the Forward Youth Programme speak out against FGM.
Voices over Silence: A youth call to action on FGM
2.59 minutes, Welsh Government, 2016
This film raises awareness of and fights for cultural change on Female Genital Mutilation by capturing young people’s voices and views on this issue to support intergenerational conversations within a range of different communities and contexts.