Manor Gardens has led on promoting FGM awareness and prevention across London, partly through leading the pan-London FGM Forum but also through our in other boroughs.
Manor Gardens runs the pan-London FGM Forum to co-ordinate and lead all the organisations and professionals working on FGM in the capital.
The Dahlia Project provides specialist therapeutic services for women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation. We provide a safe space for women who have experienced FGM to talk about their life experiences, often for the first time. We provide therapeutic support groups in areas of London where there is need so that women can access support easily. We ensure a safe and non-judgemental environment for all women.
For several years Manor Gardens has run the Newham FGM Prevention Service on behalf of the London Borough of Newham. Our trained staff have provided training on how to safeguard and support girls and women who might be affected by FGM. We continue to work with teachers, social workers, health professionals and anyone responsible for the care of women and girls to raise awareness of the law on FGM, how to reduce young women’s risk and how to refer to relevant services.
We also provide confidential one-to-one support for women affected by FGM and refer on to other specialist services.
We’re also campaigning to reduce the risk of FGM to young women and girls. Our workshops cover the law surrounding FGM, the health consequences of FGM, how to protect children from FGM, what to do if you are concerned or worried about someone and where you/others can find support for survivors of FGM.
The Newham FGM Service is now run in partnership with Hestia.
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Manor Gardens is joining NHS colleagues in setting up two dedicated FGM clinics in North London to support women who have had FGM. At present, women are usually only seen when they attend maternity services so this is an initiative aimed at reaching women at other stages of their lives.
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