Harmful Practices Toolkit launched
In support of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, we were delighted to launch the new HSCP Harmful Practices Toolkit on 6 February 2023.
Harmful Practices are ‘persistent practices and behaviours that are grounded on discrimination on the basis of sex, gender, age and other grounds as well as multiple and/or intersecting forms of discrimination that often involve violence and can cause physical and/or psychological harm or suffering’ (National FGM Centre, 2022).
This toolkit has been designed to provide practical tools and resources to support Hampshire professionals identify and respond to children who have experienced, or are at risk of, harm related to a harmful practice. The toolkit includes information for professionals on:
- Breast Ironing and Flattening
- ‘Honour’ Based Abuse, Forced Marriage and Dowry
- Child Abuse Linked to Faith and Belief
- Female Genital Mutilation
The toolkit includes a range of resources to support professionals such as useful professional guides, leaflets that can be shared with families (in a range of languages) and signposting to further training and information.