Consultation on Barnet's strategy for tackling harmful practices such as FGM and forced marriage

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Overview

In 2018 the Barnet Safeguarding Children's Partnership made a commitment to better understand how Barnet residents were affected by harmful practices.

Harmful cultural practices are discriminatory practices committed regularly over such long periods of time that communities and societies begin to consider them acceptable. Harmful practices can include female genital mutilation, honour based violence, forced marriage, breast flattening and abuse linked to faith or belief.

We began a review to understand how often harmful practices happen in Barnet, how well the abuse is reported, and how services are supporting adults and children at risk of this abuse, or who have experienced abuse. From this initial review we have developed a draft strategy that will help raise awareness of what harmful practices are. The strategy has three core aims:

  • we will work together to challenge cultural attitudes that may underpin harmful practices, and support professionals to have the confidence and ability to recognise harmful practice behaviours
  • we will encourage the reporting of abuse and ensure that children and adults who are affected have access to support
  • we will work closely with our voluntary, community and faith sector groups, and provide opportunities for outreach support.

We would like to hear about your awareness of harmful practices and the related services available. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes of your time. If you would like to be further involved in the work being done as part of this strategy please email BSCP@barnet.gov.uk.

Give us your views

Please take the time to read our draft strategy and then give us your views by completing our online questionnaire.

Overview

In 2018 the Barnet Safeguarding Children's Partnership made a commitment to better understand how Barnet residents were affected by harmful practices.

Harmful cultural practices are discriminatory practices committed regularly over such long periods of time that communities and societies begin to consider them acceptable. Harmful practices can include female genital mutilation, honour based violence, forced marriage, breast flattening and abuse linked to faith or belief.

We began a review to understand how often harmful practices happen in Barnet, how well the abuse is reported, and how services are supporting adults and children at risk of this abuse, or who have experienced abuse. From this initial review we have developed a draft strategy that will help raise awareness of what harmful practices are. The strategy has three core aims:

  • we will work together to challenge cultural attitudes that may underpin harmful practices, and support professionals to have the confidence and ability to recognise harmful practice behaviours
  • we will encourage the reporting of abuse and ensure that children and adults who are affected have access to support
  • we will work closely with our voluntary, community and faith sector groups, and provide opportunities for outreach support.

We would like to hear about your awareness of harmful practices and the related services available. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes of your time. If you would like to be further involved in the work being done as part of this strategy please email BSCP@barnet.gov.uk.

Give us your views

Please take the time to read our draft strategy and then give us your views by completing our online questionnaire.