Understanding FGM in Birmingham. Nasheima Sheikh Khadija Jaamac. BSWA : WHAT WE DO. Provide four refuges in Birmingham & Solihull Provide Outreach support in the community & work with high risk women Support women going through Courts and with injunctions
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Provide four refuges in Birmingham & Solihull
Provide Outreach support in the community & work with high risk women
Support women going through Courts and with injunctions
Therapeutic services – counselling, group work & Family support
Training, schools & youth work
Helpline : 0800 0732 606
BSWA specialises in Violence against Women issues – saw gap around work on FGM
Funding from Specialist FGM fund & BCC
Community education and development approach as most successful in addressing such a sensitive issue
Appointed Somali worker – critical success factor
Work in multi-agency BAFGM partnership to ensure a co-ordinated approach
9 community events – attended by 370 people
Developed 4 women’s groups in different areas
2 courses delivered
Youth group developed – organised event for over 60 youth
Training sessions to professionals
Supported African Well Women’s Clinic – supported over 80 women on 1-1 basis from Sudan, Yemen, Ivory Coast and Gambia
Successfully conducted PEER research study
Birmingham’s migrant communities
Demographic data has demonstrated that Birmingham’s emerging immigrant communities come from areas where FGM is practiced, including Somalia, Ethiopia, and Sudan
Somali-speaking children in primary schools by ward in Birmingham (2008)
Women of Somali origin are not the only ones affected by or at risk of FGM, but they are the most frequent users of specialised FGM health services in Birmingham.
FGM-related services in Birmingham
Specialised services are currently provided through the Heart of England Foundation NHS Trust (HEFT) in Birmingham
Recent data from the HEFT has shown rapidly increasing referrals of women to access these services, with 536 women being referred during 2008-2009.
Data on women who accessed services for FGM through the clinic from 2009 give a snapshot of the types of FGM being practiced, populations where women are carrying the highest burden of health needs, and the spread of sub-populations accessing FGM services.
Voices of women:
Telephone : 0121 685 8687
Helpline : 0800 0732 606