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FGM initiative and family support schemes receive innovation funding

A project that aims to end the practice of female genital mutilation within a generation has been provided £2m through the government's Children's Social Care Innovation Programme.

The Local Government Association and Barnardo's scheme will aim to set up a national network of community outreach services to tackle FGM and change attitudes on the practice through better education.

A specialist team of social workers with experience of working with those at risk of FGM will be set up to offer psychological support for survivors and go into areas where women and girls are most vulnerable.

Lisa Brett, deputy chair of the LGA’s safer and stronger communities board, said: “This programme will drive a system change in children’s services and social work building the skills and confidence of professionals and creating positive change within communities to ensure the practice is no longer supported by community leaders or parents. Bringing together professionals across councils, health, education, police and the voluntary sector is a vital step in preventing, protecting and treating girls and women affected by FGM”.