HBA: FGM, Child Marriage & Breast Ironing Awareness Training


HBA: FGM, Child Marriage & Breast Ironing Awareness Training

Interactive workshop developed for school staff to raise awareness and understanding of honour based abuse including female genital mutilation (FGM) & child marriage.


So called 'honour' based  abuse (HBA) encompasses incidents or crimes which have been committed to protect or defend the honour of the family and/or community. This includes female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and practices such as breast ironing.

All forms of HBA are abuse, regardless of the motivation, and should be acted upon following your settings child protection reporting procedures.

Since 31st October 2015, if you're a regulated teacher or working in teaching work, it is your legal duty to report known cases of FGM in under 18s to the police.

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 came into force 27th February 2023. It means that 16 and 17 year olds will no longer be allowed to marry or enter a civil partnership, even if they have parental consent. It is now illegal and a criminal offence to exploit vulnerable children by arranging for them to marry, under any circumstances whether or not force is used.

This course will help frontline workers to understand their responsibilities.

Our 2-hour whole school session has been designed to ensure staff and volunteers:

  • Have a clear understanding of cultural and practical knowledge of HBA

  • Recognise the signs and indicators relating to pupils at risk of HBA

  • Understand their updated responsibilities and reporting duties of child marriage and FGM

  • Raise awareness of which organisations are available for support and advice for both victims and safeguarding practitioners.

Available for onsite and virtual delivery.

All attendees will receive a Participation Certificate and the setting will receive an Information Booklet detailing links to all resources referred to throughout the training.

Optional extras to support compliance with Keeping Children Safe in Education:

  • Delegate online assessment which provides your mechanism to evidence your staff/volunteer understanding of the training content and their safeguarding responsibilities  
  • Access for the current academic year to a recorded video of the training for your school key stakeholders who were unable to attend the live session or for inclusion in your new staff safeguarding induction programme.


Who should attend this course?

This workshop is ideal as a whole school or setting training module for;

  • School staff and volunteers 

  • Governors, trustees and management committees

  • Early years settings

  • Registered childcare providers


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