UCLH to open first paediatric FGM clinic 

18/08/2014 00:00 
London’s first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation (FGM) is to open at UCLH next month.
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The clinic will give medical treatment and psychological help to girls aged from 0 to 18 who have suffered mutilation or who may be at risk, either in the UK or overseas. It will also provide expert advice to help girls who are at risk, as well as management of the physical and psychological health implications of FGM.
 
The service offers sensitive and appropriate care for affected children and young people and will contribute to the prevention of FGM in London.
 
The clinic will mean that assessment can be made of whether FGM has been performed along with appropriate documentation, including witness statements and availability for court.  Practitioners will have close liaison with police, social care and local community groups.
 
In cases where FGM is confirmed, then other children within the victim’s family will be assessed. The clinic will provide clear referral routes for victim counselling and, should surgery be required, will ensure it is undertaken in an age appropriate setting. 
 
The clinic will be run jointly by consultant community paediatrician Deborah Hodes and consultant gynaecologist Sarah Creighton.
 
Dr Hodes said: “The physical and psychological suffering caused by FGM can be awful, and the short and long-term health implications can be quite severe. This clinic will provide sensitive treatment, examinations and advice and further counselling and surgery if needed. 
 
“We’re determined to work closely with our partners in local community, social care and   the police to help end FGM. We can’t put back what’s been done, but we can improve girls’ lives and prevent FGM happening to others by spreading greater awareness of it.”

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