FGM Education and Language Study For Secondary Schools – We Need Your Input

Services For Education are conducting a new study in partnership with University of Birmingham and BAFGM, ​aiming to improve the language used in the materials which are used in schools at key stages 3 and 4, to teach about the practice and harms of FGM.

We would like to invite Secondary Schools to a free online interactive workshop to further collect and share views on our findings and for further follow-up work.

This workshop will be held on Monday 7th November on Zoom (4-6 p.m.).

If you would like to attend this workshop, please email Jeannette Littlemore at j.m.littlemore@bham.ac.uk

In order to prepare for the workshop, we would just ask that you complete our quick questionairre:

FGM education and language questionnaire

Please feel free to answer the questionnaire, even if you are unable to attend the workshop.

As a token of our appreciation for your time and insight, after attendance at the workshop, we would like to offer you an Amazon Voucher worth £50 to be spent for your RSHE provision in school.

​​​​​​For more information on this project:

We are a group of professionals who are members of Birmingham Against Female Genital Mutilation (BAFGM).

Our long-term aim is to better safeguard young people from the commission and consequences of FGM, and to improve their lived experience by improving the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education and safeguarding provision on offer.

We have already identified some apparent strengths and weakness in relation to the topics that they cover and the language that they use to talk about these topics.

We would now like to hear about the experiences of secondary school Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education teachers or Designated Safeguarding Leads in using current resources.

We are particularly interested in finding out what works well, and what may or may not connect with the lived experiences of the young people you work with. We would therefore like to hear your views.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please email Jeannette Littlemore at j.m.littlemore@bham.ac.uk

About the Author

Jo PerrinJo Perrin - Adviser, Services For Education

Jo Perrin is a seasoned Education Adviser with a strong background in safeguarding. She has held key roles as a Designated Safeguarding Lead and pastoral lead in the education sector. Facilitating training to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals working directly with children and young people is her passion.

With a wealth of experience in teaching PSHE and expertise in childhood trauma from her time as a foster carer, Jo is dedicated to supporting organisations that work with children and vulnerable adults on safeguarding issues. She is actively involved in professional safeguarding groups in the West Midlands and is currently collaborating on a research project with colleagues from the University of Birmingham and the NHS focusing on FGM awareness within communities. Jo’s has worked as a West Midlands' Adviser for national PSHE resources, presented at the Sex Education Forum National Members' Event and authored an advertorial for PSM magazine and an article for SEND magazine.

Jo's expertise extends to training on topics such as Safer Recruitment and Mental Health at Work. She is also a facilitator for the nationally recognised NPQSL qualification, supporting senior leaders in education. Her contributions to publications and development of resources for RSE provision have been well-received by schools nationally and internationally.

With her extensive experience and dedication to professional development, Jo Perrin is a highly respected figure in the field of education. Her guidance on safeguarding, mental health awareness, personal development, and relationships education is highly valued within the industry.

If you would like to find out more about this project, please feel free to email Jo at jo.perrin@servicesforeducation.co.uk

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