‘Donâ€™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 wasnâ€™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 Womenâ€™s Aid team. â€œThe service I was placed in was just starting its FGM unit, and I learned about the practice and met and spoke to many survivors,â€� she says.