Educational establishments should aim to create an open environment where students feel comfortable and safe to discuss the problems they are facing – an environment where FGM can be discussed openly, and support and counselling are provided routinely. Students need to know that they will be listened to and their concerns taken seriously.
(Female Genital Mutilation: Multi-agency Practice Guidelines, UK Government, 2014)

1. Which of these actions indicate that a school is moving towards creating an ‘enabling environment’ to tackle FGM?
2. Why is it important to adopt a whole-school approach to tackling FGM?
3. Girls and young women who disclose FGM to education professionals find it much easier to do so after being reassured that it is safe to discuss such issues and that they will be provided support.