A girl is “at risk” (in danger) if:
›Her mother or sibling has had FGM.
›She comes from a community where FGM is practiced.
›If the above factors are present, and the girl is being taken to the country of origin for a “holiday”. Particularly in the long summer holidays to allow her sufficient time to recover before school restarts .
›A girl talks about preparing for a special ceremony or party where she will “become a woman” or other special celebration.
›A female elder visiting from a country of origin known to have a high prevalence of FGM.
›If a child who requests direct help from a professional.
Additional risk factors to consider :
› FGM can occur anytime from infancy.
› FGM can occur in Australia as well as abroad
Step by step guide to making a report to child protection
If you are working with families who have come from FGM affected communities then you need to know how to look for signs that a girl is in danger, or how to advise a survivor how to access appropriate supports. This will vary depending upon your profession. We have prepared resources for a range of professionals who may be working with families from FGM affected communities.