Working Collaboratively to Tackle FGM: Implementing the Revised VAWG Strategy

Confirmed speakers:

  • Anna Cole, Consultant, Former Parliamentary and Inclusion Policy Specialist, ASCL
  • Leethen Bartholomew, Head of the National FGM Centre, Barnardos
  • Allen Davis, Police Officer, Continuous Policing Improvement, Metropolitan Police
  • Naana Otoo-Oyortey, Executive Director, Forward
  • Shaista Gohir, Interim Executive Director for Muslim Women's Network, Women's Rights Activist
  • Dr. Charlotte Proudman, Human Rights Barrister for Goldsmith Chambers and Fellow of University of Cambridge
  • Kate Agha, CEO & Kaddy Touray, Community Outreach Director, Oxford Against Cutting
  • Florence Baaba Acquah, Head of Adult Safeguarding- Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


March 2019 marked the first British FGM conviction, and raised awareness of the widespread effects of FGM which can lead to PTSD, complex trauma and lifelong psychological difficulties. With new funding being made available to tackle violence against women and girls, now is the time to raise awareness and mobilise local authorities, child services, schools and charities on preventative approaches to FGM and supporting survivors.

Join Westminster Briefing this September for an update on the revised VAWG strategy and an overview of the Government’s approach to FGM. This briefing will provide an opportunity to network with peers from relevant sectors, share good practice for collaborative working, and review your strategies around prevention and supporting survivors.

Key issues to be addressed:

  • Understanding the latest changes to government guidance published in the revised VAWG strategy and Domestic Abuse Bill
  • The national landscape: an overview of the extent of FGM in 2019
  • Utilising new funding commitments
  • Prevention strategies from the Home Office, policing, health services, local authorities, social services and National FGM Centre
  • Raising awareness of VAWG and FGM including minority ethnic groups & refugees
  • Prosecution of FGM – analysing supporting legislation: Serious Crime Act 2015, alongside Domestic Abuse Bill and VAWG Strategy
  • Early intervention for ‘at risk’ individuals: outlining the role of agencies including child services, health, police authorities, social services and schools
  • Approaches to supporting ‘at risk’ girls or women and assisting survivors with lifelong trauma

About the event:

The morning session will focus on an update on the national policy landscape with a particular focus on preventative approaches to FGM.

The afternoon session will examine practical case studies and proactive strategies to provide support to survivors and ‘at risk’ girls and women.

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in FGM, including: units who deal with FGM locally and nationally, community safety and CSP teams, the police, PCCs, local authorities, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, children’s services, school nurses, GPs, health services, social workers, safeguarding teams, school health and wellbeing teams, primary care trusts, Police and Crime Commissioners, community groups, social services, teachers, and those a responsibility to protect women and girls from FGM.

Futher information:

Our events are CPD certified. This event is equivalent to 3 CPD points.
A certificate is available on request post-event to all attendees.

Please note that all speakers and the agenda are subject to change without notice.

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Wednesday 18th September 2019

11:00am - 3:30pm (including networking lunch)


Private Sector | 1 Place: £345 | 2+ Places: £295 each


Public Sector | 1 Place: £255 | 2+ Places: £205 each


Charity Rate | 1 Place: £205 | 2+ Places: £155 each


Above prices exclude VAT


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