PSHE role in safeguarding.

Home Affairs Committee report into FGM – Female GM: abuse unchecked – has said it is “beyond belief” that there has not been one successful prosecution since FGM was made illegal in the UK 30 years ago.  The Committee makes key recommendations around central data recording saying that current data is ineffective in measuring the extent of the problem. A single reporting and safeguarding system is recommended as  “the best approach to removing some of the institutional barriers that presently prevent effective safeguarding”.

The Committee also recognises that Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education has a key role to play. The report recommends that “PSHE education be made compulsory and that it include tackling violence against women and girls, and teaching children about FGM in particularly high-prevalence areas”. It is argued that conversations between teachers and students about this topic could lead to increased reporting and improved safeguarding of girls who are at risk of FGM.