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Combating female genital cutting in the UK: The role of the health visitor

Combating female genital cutting in the UK: The role of the health visitor

Dike, Priscilla and Umoren, Idongesit (2014) Combating female genital cutting in the UK: The role of the health visitor. Journal of Health Visiting, 2 (5). pp. 260-265. ISSN 2050-8719

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Abstract

Over the past 30 years, the prevalence of female genital cutting (FGC) in the UK has increased, despite legislation making the practice illegal. The Government has recognised the need for health professionals to become knowledgeable in both the health implications and the cultural aspects of this practice. Health visitors are well placed, given their proximity to families during the early years of a child's life, to identify girls at risk of FGC and enact interventions and strategies that will help to reduce its prevalence in affected communities. It is necessary to examine how the current role of the health visitor can be developed to aid the prevention and reporting of FGC in the UK if the aim of eradicating the practice is to be achieved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: FMG, female genital cutting, UK, health visitor
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Family Care & Mental Health
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Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 09:34
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Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13879

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