EYFS 2017: Safeguarding - FGM Policy Overview DOWNLOAD

EYFS 2017: Safeguarding - FGM Policy Overview DOWNLOAD


The revised 2017 EYFS places emphasis by explicitly referring to the need to safeguard children from Female Genital Mutilation FGM.

Our current Safeguarding Policy and Procedure highlights the need for staff to be able to identify and respond to the signs and symptoms of abuse, or the likeliness of abuse.  This encompasses how we safeguard against FGM.  There will be changes in behaviour, possible absences from setting/school.  It is not our responsibility to investigate possible child abuse but it is our responsibility to be able to report concerns if we are worried a child may be being abused.  We must also ensure that we respond in a timely and appropriate manner, and this is why our Safeguarding Policy and Procedure must contain information of local authority statutory bodies and the police - so that they can be contacted where necessary.

However, the revised EYFS does specifically mention FGM as a safeguarding issue that we must pay particular attention to.  For this reason, we have created a statement overview that is supplementary to setting's central safeguarding policy and procedure.  The purpose is to raise staffs' awareness of FGM as a safeguarding issue.

FGM is only one type of child abuse that is linked with faith and belief.  You can download our policy for dealing with child abuse linked to faith and belief from our website.

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