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Nurses asked for views on legal duty to report female genital mutilation


Already established: FGM is illegal. FGM is child abuse or adult abuse. Nurses are duty-bound to report this finding, at risk of professional misconduct through negligence. Q: If NMC already have the task of enforcing this, will this legislation alter process or does it merely point the finger at an existing failure? Q: Should we be addressing the wider issue of underreporting abuse that clearly exists within our care systems? (Rotherham is only one example.) I think we should address the effectiveness of nursing registration, governance and education on identifying and reporting abuse as a whole, not just the unacceptable FGM situation. Lots to do, but legislation is not helpful. [This is my opinion and does not represent the views of my employing organisation]

Posted date

10 December, 2014

Posted time

3:14 pm