Easy read information on FGM

A friend asked me recently whether it would be possible to find Easy-Read information for the public on Female Genital Mutilation. This would be useful for migrants who have a low level of literacy in English, as well as people with learning disabilities. So far, the best thing I have found is called My Body, My Rules from fpa and you can buy copies (or get freebies if you are a primary school) from here.

Below is a list of the organisations I have contacted, along with their leaflets. What is perhaps even more concerning is the number of respondents from people who appeared to have no idea at all what counts as Easy Read.

If you know of anything relevant, please get in touch.

  • 28 Too Many have training packs but nothing that is Easy Read. They acknowledge the need, lack the resources to produce one, but would be eager to distribute an Easy Read leaflet if it could be created.
  • ACCM UK have produced this postcard.
  • Africa Advocacy Foundation have a leaflet.
  • Afruca have a leaflet
  • Ann Craft Trust
  • Avon looked hopeful, as this teacher’s pack refers to an easy read leaflet with photosymbols, but none of the links work.
  • BILD
  • Buckinghamshire Safeguarding Children’s Board are were going to develop an easy read leaflet about FGM, but the relevant staff member left and has not yet been replaced.
  • Childline
  • Dahlia project
  • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust have a leaflet.
  • Daughters of Eve have a suite of resources here.
  • Department of Health
  • Dignity Alert Research Forum
  • Easy read websites offer downloadable leaflets on health issues in easy read format. None of the websites listed here have anything on FGM.
  • End FGM European Network
  • Equality Now have a factsheet in English, French and Spanish.
  • FGM Aware (Scotland) have a webpage and this postcard. They would be happy to help development of an easy read leaflet, such as by consulting with community organisations on a draft.
  • FGM national clinical group have this booklet and this leaflet
  • Forward have made a video and a leaflet.
  • Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
  • fpa have produced this leaflet for schools.
  • Freedom Charity have a webpage
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust have a leaflet.
  • HM Government minister responsible for FGM policy is Sarah Newton and the previous government’s Home Affairs Committee commissioned a report but no further work is planned.
  • Home Office has a FGM Unit that has produced a 4 page leaflet, a 20 page booklet and a wallet card.
  • Image in Action
  • IMKAAN
  • Leicester Safeguarding Children Board has a leaflet and Leicestershire and Rutland Safeguarding Boards has a webpage.
  • London Safeguarding Children’s Board have a standard leaflet that they offer to translate into Easy Read on request, but, on inquiry, I was directed to Forward.
  • Mojatu 
  • Muslim Council of Britain have a leaflet.
  • National FGM Centre have a leaflet for pregnant women.
  • NDTi and iHAL
  • NEFTA do a lot of research in Australia and have a booklet
  • NESTAC say, ‘Women and young adults from our FGM Group have been working on producing a community and child friendly leaflet aimed at illiterate people or those struggling with English language.  We hope the leaflet will be ready in February 2018.’
  • NHS has produced a leaflet explaining the duty placed upon health professionals to report FGM in girls aged under 18
  • NHS Choices has a webpage 
  • NHS England has a national FGM prevention lead, Vanessa Lodge.
  • NHS specialist services for people who have experienced FGM.
  • No FGM Oz has a leaflet 
  • NSPCC has an excellent safeguarding programme called PANTS. There is a leaflet for parents with learning disabilities, and versions in Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish and Russian. They also have this webpage on FGM.
  • Petals has presented information in a creative, interactive  way here.
  • Peterborough has this leaflet.
  • Rose Clinic has a leaflet and recognise the need for an Easy Read leaflet and would be interested in helping to produce one.
  • Royal College of Nursing have a 24 page leaflet.
  • Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists has a leaflet but do not do Easy Read ‘due to limited resources’. They would be pleased to see another organisation use their information to create one.
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has a webpage.
  • Southall Black Sisters
  • The Tackling FGM Initiative
  • University of Nottingham, Dr Catrin Evans, principal investigator 
  • Women’s Institute