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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)? Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.” (World Health Organisation, Fact sheet N°241, 2010). Female Genital mutilation is…

Forced Marriage

What is a forced marriage? A forced marriage is where one (or both) of the spouses does not want to get married and is forced or coerced into it. In cases where someone has disabilities, they may not have the capacity to consent to marry.…

Honour Based Violence

What is ‘honour’ based violence? So-called ‘honour’ based violence is a term used to describe violence committed against a woman or a girl (or sometimes men) who the family or the community feels has not followed what they believe is acceptable behaviour and has brought…

Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)

The Waltham Forest MARAC is a monthly risk management meeting where professionals share information on high risk cases of domestic violence and abuse and put in place a risk management plan. The MARAC aims to: Share information to increase the safety, health and well-being of…

Tell us if you have a concern about a child or young person

Worried about a child?  If you feel that a child or young person is at immediate risk of harm please call the police on 999 who can provide an immediate response. Alternatively, you can contact your local police on 101 at any time. If you…

Trafficking

What is trafficking? Trafficking is defined as: ‘The recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power, or a position of…

What is abuse and neglect?

Abuse and neglect is when someone is caused harm by an individual or group.  You can tell us if you have safeguarding concerns about yourself or someone else. This harm could be physical, psychological, financial, sexual or emotional or take many other forms and can be deliberate…
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