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FGM Conference

Event information

START DATE 20 February 2016
START TIME 09:00am

Middlesex University, College Building, The Burroughs, NW4 4BT

END DATE 20 February 2016
END TIME 05:00pm

"Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a crime that affects some of the most vulnerable girls and women in our society. Through working together closely with the police, health and social care professionals and the third sector, we are now in a much better place to have a successful prosecution against those who perpetrate this practice. It is only a matter of time before this happens and this will send a very powerful message that FGM is a crime that will not be tolerated in a modern multicultural society." Keir Starmer - QC Director of Prosecutions.

Since late last year the Department of Health has requested that the number of cases of FGM is reported, and a register is maintained of these. Whilst this is still an inaccurate record and only applies to England, it has identified an increasing numbers of cases. Between September 2014 and December 2014 there were 1946 newly identified cases reported.

Middlesex University FGM conference has been designed to attract all health professionals, education, and social workers attendance. It offers a journey through the problems encountered by women experiencing FGM and professionals role with managing and supporting these.


- Department of Health (January 30th, 2015) Female Genital Mutilation - December 2014 Experimental statistics, Health England data set 12.14 for FGM reporting.

- Intercollegiate recommendations for tackling FGM, 2013

Keynote speakers

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Celia Jefferies, Head of National Centre for FGM

Cecilia Anim, President of the Royal College of Nursing

Conference Programme

The Conference is being developed in two parts; the morning session is an introduction to the child in the FGM clinic, working with survivors' stories from Leyla Hussein and to women's equality and law followed by a question and answers session chaired by Theresa Bourne, Associate Professor, School of Health and Education, Middlesex University. The afternoon session consists of two learning sessions that will be running in five parallel workshops tackling FGM from a wide range of perspectives including social work, gender, compassion, sexual health, cultural views, midwifery, children and psychology.

The event will be supported by the Diasporan Hands theatre group performance.

A poster competition will take place.

Full details of the conference programme can be found here.

Who should attend?

  • Commissioning managers / leads
  • Safeguarding leads/LSCB members
  • FGM Trust leads
  • Health and Wellbeing Board chairs / Public Health leads
  • Local authority leads / councillors
  • Social workers
  • Primary and secondary teachers, teaching assistants, head teachers, those working in education with links to well-being services or delivery of PSHE
  • Community groups & 3rd sector organisations
  • GPs, midwives, nurses, health visitors, school nurses
  • Other multi-disciplinary professionals

Posters Competition

FGM Poster Award was established to recognise exceptional abilities of the researchers/teams/organisations who demonstrate development for significant achievements in their future FGM research activities. All posters entered for the Poster Competition at the Middlesex University FGM Conference 2015 will be evaluated by a panel consisting of invited speakers and conference organisers. The prize winner will be awarded a certificate and a free place to attend the conference.

Posters submission deadline

All posters proposals should be submitted electronically to Suzanne Everett no later than 11th December 2015. Poster proposals should consist of an abstract that is no longer than 250 words including following information: (a) Poster Title, (b) Author Name, (c) Affiliation, (d) Job Title. For more information regarding the posters and their submission please contact Suzanne Everett on or 0208 411 2631.

Registration and fees

This is a 'ticket only' event, please ensure you bring your ticket and present it at the registration desk on the day. The delegate rate includes attendance of the conference, breakout sessions and conference reception.

To register and pay for your place at the conference, please visit our online store.

Early bird Fee*


Standard Fee


Non Public Body delegates




Group bookings of 4 or more from same organisation

10% reduction per person

* Early bird Fee is available until the 11 December 2015

Booking deadline

Early bird fee is available until the 11 December 2015

Last booking date for this event is 10 February 2016

Further information

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The event will be followed by a wine reception. Please advise us of any special mobility or dietary requirements you may have.

Travel & Parking

The conference is held at our main campus in Hendon, North London, which is located 10 minutes from the Northern Line and Thameslink rail line, both of which take you to central London in under 30 minutes. For directions and maps please visit our website.

Car parking spaces will be available at our Greyhound Hill car park to all visitors.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact us:

Conference Organisers

Suzanne Everett, Email:, Phone: 0208 411 2631

Lindsey Ahmet, Email:, Phone: 0208 411 6752

Theresa Bourne,, Phone: 0208 411 5058

Conference administrator:

Daniela Pantica, Email:, Phone: 0208 411 4947

Booking reference number: EHE1018

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