Disclosure Log Information Female Genital Mutilation



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Female Genital Mutilation:

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FOI2016

Female Genital Mutilation

Please provide answers to each of these questions for the financial years 2010-2011, 2011-1012 and 2012-2013:
Do all medical practitioners, midwives and nurses in your institution receive training on the 2003 Female Genital Mutilation Act legislation? If not, how many have received this training?
At present the Trust does not provide formal training for staff on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), however this topic is raised within the Trust’s Safeguarding Training which is mandatory for staff. 
The Trust is aiming to provide FGM awareness training for all community midwives.  A large number of midwives had have FGM training as part of their ‘in-service study days’; however the numbers that attended are not known as these training days are held locally.  Some midwives have attended the safeguarding conference at the LSA in 2011/12 and there was a session covering FGM, this included the legal framework.  Some midwives and a consultant obstetrician have also attended the ARM conference and a session on FGM led by Dr Comfort Momoh who is a midwifery expert on the subject. 
There is also multi agency training open to all staff ‘Safeguarding Children in a Diverse society’ and FGM is covered within this.
The Trust also has a policy available on FGM.
Does your institution formally record the number of FGM cases?
The Trust does not have specific codes to record the number of FGM cases centrally.  The Trust process is that when presented with FGM cases these are to be considered as part of safeguarding practices.
On how many occasions has your institution referred cases involving girls and/or women and FGM to the local authorities or police?
There have been no safeguarding referrals involving FGM.


November 2013

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FOI2045

Female Genital Mutilation

The number of incidences/suspected incidences of FGM treated by the Trust in the last five years.
The Trust does not have specific codes to record the number of FGM cases and/or suspected cases centrally.  When the Trust is presented with FGM cases these are considered as part of the Trust’s safeguarding practices.
For further information please see further information request releases within this disclosure log.

October 2013

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FOI1662

Female Genital Mutilation

Full details of women and/or girls either:

Referred to the trust suffering the effects of female genital mutilation, or Discovered, during treatment for another condition, to have FGM in each of the last three years for which figures are available.

I would like the response to include the age of the women/girls involved, the injuries suffered and the action taken by the Trust as a result – e.g. treatment, referral elsewhere, report to the police, etc.

We do not record or report to the police women with existing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) other than to cover safeguarding issues for unborn female infants.


On duty training will be provided to staff working in areas where FGM may present, and this can also be covered in safeguarding training.
Due to the small numbers of cases recorded on the Trust systems we cannot provide the full amount of information request, as the information is of a sensitive nature and as such is unable to be released under Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOI) relating to personal data.
Personal data is defined by the Data Protection act 1998 as data which relate to a living individual who can be identified—

(a)from those data, or

(b)from those data and other information which is in the possession of, or is likely to come into the possession of, the data controller
In this case the numbers of individuals attending with Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) are so low (under 5) that the further information you have requested around age, subsequent treatment or referral, could be used to identify a living individual.
The release of this information could contravene the data protection principle for fair and lawful processing, as it would be fair for a patient to expect their health information to remain confidential under doctor/patient ethics. Also to potentially identify a living individual in relation to this issue may cause harm and distress to themselves and their family if any unwarranted attention was received due to a discloser of information.
Please see the following table for the total cases recorded:


We are able to provide the following information; Year

Total number of cases of FGM

2009

6

2010

<1 but >5

2011

<1 but >5

2012

6 so far

Patients were between the ages of 24 and 44.


Information on whether these patients were referred to the Trust for FGM or the condition found upon examination for another condition, and whether the cases were reported onto the police is not recorded in our electronic systems in an easily accessible format and therefore it cannot be provided.
I would also like to know whether the Trust has an official policy on dealing with FGM, whether it collects statistics on the problem, and whether it provides relevant training for staff.
The Trust does have a policy available to all staff on the Trusts intranet site under antenatal postnatal guidelines.


November 2012

N/A

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FOI75

Forced Female Genital Mutilation

How many women, who have been subjected to female genital cutting, have been treated, operated on or advised by health staff within the Trust, during the past three years?
This may include those operated on for a reversal procedure, treated to help with complications arising from the procedure or provided with advice. Would you be able to provide a year on year breakdown of the figures?
According to the criterion that was specified for this query, we confirm from this data that the Trust has treated five patients over the last three years.
We are unable to release this information by year under section 40 exemption of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as the number is so low that it is potentially identifiable.


August 2008

N/A


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