Play aims to help children's professionals deal with FGM

Thursday, February 23, 2017

A new interactive theatre play is supporting professionals working with children to react appropriately to suspected cases of female genital mutilation (FGM).

‘Bloodlines’, which will be staged in various locations across the country between 20 February 20 and 10 March, will be part of a day’s full training for staff working in children’s centres, nurseries and other professionals.

The play and training day are hosted by the National FGM Centre, a collaboration between children’s charity Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association.

In the morning, specialist performers from Olive Branch Arts will bring to life some of the challenges professionals face in regard to FGM.

The performers will encourage the audience to look at FGM from different perspectives, followed by a discussion of the play.

In the afternoon, the focus will shift to consider strategic efforts to tackle FGM, raising questions such as ‘What makes a good referral?’, ‘When is a medical examination appropriate?’ and ‘How to apply for an FGM protection order?’.

Sonitha Pobi, head of training for Barnardo’s at the National FGM Centre, will lead a discussion on how to identify potential victims and early warning signs, and how to start conversations with parents and carers.

Ms Pobi said, ‘Bloodlines is a really powerful piece that brings to life some of the difficult issues that confront professionals every day, such as how to recognise and respond to a possible case of female genital mutilation.

‘I hope many professionals working with children will join us for the day so we can challenge one another and think about the best ways to support young people who may have experienced or be at risk of experience the trauma of FGM.’

The vision of the National FGM Centre is to end new cases of FGM for women and girls living in England within the next 15 years, working with with statutory agencies, Government departments and grassroots organisations.

Upcoming Bloodlines tour dates

27  February Gravesend

28 February  Bexleyheath

6 and 7 March Leicester

8 March Stafford

9 and 10 March Manchester

For more information and details about how to book visit http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/1562-2/ or email sonita.pobi@barnardos.org.uk

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