Sunday, 16 Dec 2018

‘Don’t expect a survivor to tell you her experience of undergoing FGM’

Specialist social workers explain how they support women and girls affected by the practice

When social worker Sam Khalid [not her real name] first began working with women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM), she found there wasn’t much awareness of the brutal practice in the UK.

She was in her first year at university, in 2011, on a placement with a Women’s Aid team. “The service I was placed in was just starting its FGM unit, and I learned about the practice and met and spoke to many survivors,� she says.

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