Honour based violence, forced marriage and FGM within the context of diverse community issues

Provider: Cambridge Education
£295.00 + VAT . Group discounts available for in-school or cluster training and can be tailored to your needs. Please call us on +44 (0)1223 463757 for more details.

No reviews yet

Provider Rating No reviews yet
Description Ofsted inspectors look for sensitivity to indicators of safeguarding concerns including eg: forced marriage (FM) or female genital mutilation (FGM). This course identifies practical ways to create an open and supportive environment and gives time to explore local issues and an opportunity for discussion.
Duration One day

Cambridge Education's website

Categories Primary, Secondary, Higher, Leadership and Management, Early Years/Foundation, Further education, 14-19, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, Management, Support Staff, Assistant Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher, Cross-curricular Themes, Wider Context, Education system, Multi-agency Working, Out of school, In school, After-school meetings, Learning walk, Safeguarding, Gifted and Talented Coordinator
Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

Who should attend?

All school staff members should be aware of the signs of abuse and neglect so that they are able to identify cases of children who may be in need of help or protection.

This very important course is appropriate for both male and female staff including those with responsibility for safeguarding children, senior leaders, governors, child protection leads, pastoral tutors, learning mentors and school counsellors, teachers of PSHE or anyone in a position to identify and respond to a victim’s needs at an early stage.


Course objectives

  • To enable individuals to understand and recognise HBV - including FM and FGM and potential community issues.
  • To explore honour-related abuse and the impact on victims and children.

  • To identify practice issues and cultural sensitivity/community beliefs.

  • To increase awareness of human rights, other legislation and no recourse to public funding issues.

  • To enable individuals to assess and manage risk to increase safety of victims and children.

  • To increase knowledge of the resources and support services available.

Evidence underpinning this approach

“I attended an excellent Cambridge training day a couple of weeks ago on 'Honour Based Violence and Communities'. The tutor was great and it was all very thought provoking; I will now update the whole staff about this at a forthcoming INSET day.”

(Anna Burt, Deputy Headteacher, Shapla Primary School)


“It was very powerful and thought provoking. We have to realise as professionals that we have a duty to be aware of these issues.”

(Mandy Bateman, Deputy Head Pastoral, Hampshire Collegiate School)


“The whole approach was measured and respectful. The course more than fulfilled my expectations; information was well presented, accessible and the main issues were dealt with efficiently.”

(Alison Bartle, Child protection Team, Park High School)


"It tackled some misconceptions and gave some very useful information."
(Stephanie Welch, Lozells Junior and Infant and Nursery School)


"Opened my eyes to the amount of HBV/FM that is occuring."

(Vicky Hilling, Brooke Weston Academy)


"Facilitator was very professional and her pace was very good. I've learned a lot today. Very interesting!"

(Anisa Ali, Marlborough Junior School)

How users/participants can evaluate success The provider has not supplied this information
Follow-up activities and support The provider has not supplied this information

In July 2014 the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee recommended in their Female genital mutilation: the case for a national action plan that headteachers and child protection officers undergo compulsory safeguarding training which specifically deals with FGM and that this training should be disseminated to all teaching staff though schools dedicating time during the remaining in-service training days in 2014 to provide guidance on child safeguarding in respect of FGM and forced marriage.


From September 2014, when reviewing schools’ safeguarding arrangements, section 5 inspectors of maintained schools and academies will look to establish that school staff are particularly sensitive to signs that may indicate possible safeguarding concerns. This could include, for example, poor or irregular attendance, persistent lateness, children missing from education, forced marriage or female genital mutilation.


Designated safeguarding leads should be aware of the guidance that is available in respect of female genital mutilation (FGM) and should be vigilant to the risk of it being practised. Inspectors, when considering a school’s safeguarding arrangements will ask questions of designated staff such as:


  • how alert are staff to the possible signs that a child has been subject to female genital mutilation or is at risk of being abused through it; what sort of training have they had?
  • has the school taken timely and appropriate action in respect of concerns about particular children?


“Honour” or “izzat” is a word that describes the concept of a family’s prestige and reputation within its community. A person’s entire life can be governed by a code of behaviour or perceived behaviour, based on the need to maintain the “izzat” of the family at all times.


HBV is an extreme form of behaviour and control used by one or several members of the family, extended family and/or community.


Similar abusive behaviours and beliefs can affect individuals in a diverse range of community groups (including those of faith, culture, disability, sexual orientation).


FGM is a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls, and therefore should be dealt with as part of existing child and adult protection structures, policies and procedures.


Schools have an important role in identifying girls at risk of undergoing FGM and those who may have undergone the procedure and require medical help.


This training programme provides the opportunity to explore practical ways to create an open and supportive environment and will also give time to explore local issues as well as an opportunity for discussion.

This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.