The prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in the city of Portsmouth

Dawes, Samantha (2014) The prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation in the city of Portsmouth. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the collective term used to describe procedures involving the complete or partial removal of tissue and genitalia from female beings for no medical purpose. Through increased movement of immigrants and asylum seekers, figures now show FGM as a growing global concern. Recent years have seen the topic gain significant momentum, particularly within the UK; whilst writing this study, the country achieved its first prosecution over the practice in March 2014.
    This dissertation forms one strand of research for a larger project; an objective of the overarching project is to understand how different stakeholders within the county of Hampshire perceive FGM. Portsmouth midwifery services were chosen as the key stakeholder for this dissertation, therefore the key research question is; do Portsmouth midwifery services perceive FGM to be a problem? Additional objectives included establishing the level of training on FGM midwives receive; highlighting gaps within the knowledge; and identifying the relationship between midwives and other stakeholders. London midwifery services were also contacted; this allowed comparisons to be made between the two cities, and Portsmouth midwives to use a London case study as a model for how to effectively deal with FGM.
    Through using interviews for primary research, it has been possible to establish the existence of FGM in Portsmouth, and how midwifery services perceive the matter. As for the additional objectives, further interview findings and the analysis of documented guidelines have provided insight into the level of FGM training provided; current areas of knowledge that need increased attention; and the current relationship between midwives and other stakeholders which desperately needs greater coordination. Recommendations have been constructed for both Portsmouth midwives and other health practitioners in general on areas of FGM that need increased focus, and how these agencies can improve their effectiveness in dealing with the matter.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2014 11:50
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:45
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/16086

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