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28/02/20

Investigating enzyme action in a Year 8 practical science lesson this week https://t.co/c335G1ylWO

28/02/20

Year 7 doing a ‘human photocopier’ activity in their biology lesson on the menstrual cycle https://t.co/PZE4FsvCAi

28/02/20

Ms Longstaff has written to parents today about World Book Day next Thursday. Dressing up as a book character is welcome (but optional), and there will be a cake sale in the library at lunch. https://t.co/bVR4mhn4Vi

27/02/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Today at our lesson changeovers are sponsored by Beethoven! https://t.co/okXNmQgR1d

25/02/20

Retweetd From Steve Duffy

Loving the new lesson changeovers here at ! Bells are out, Mozart is in! Students have until the music finishes to get to their next lesson! https://t.co/XmAggOA3hl

16/02/20

Retweetd From Harris Sutton

We are delighted to share the third edition of our school newsletter. https://t.co/BZXFtiisec It's packed full of news, student work, photos and information. Please take some time over the half-term break to read it with your child. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/qQAF8IfKTQ

13/02/20

We are delighted to share the third edition of our school newsletter. https://t.co/BZXFtiisec It's packed full of news, student work, photos and information. Please take some time over the half-term break to read it with your child. We hope you enjoy it. https://t.co/qQAF8IfKTQ

12/02/20

Our Year 8s doing food tests in their biology lesson https://t.co/8mbdWowL1B

12/02/20

Retweetd From Passivhaus Trust

Pupils benefit from reduced CO2 & better daylight levels, aiding concentration in new School https://t.co/EHknfS7ggh via RIBA Journal https://t.co/fHABSa2pPC

10/02/20

Don’t forget we have an Inset Day this Friday (Valentines Day)! School will be closed to students while teachers attend subject specific training days in other Harris Federation schools. https://t.co/OVJ7ANcuFj

08/02/20

If your child has achieved something amazing outside of school in the last couple of months then please let us know! Get in touch this week so we can celebrate their achievements in our next school newsletter. https://t.co/BZXFtiisec

08/02/20

Here's a great photo of the Year 8 netball team. They have played exceptionally well this year. Full sets of results and news from all HASU sports teams will be published in the school newsletter, which comes out on 14th February. https://t.co/99kgckWBt4

07/02/20

Retweetd From Architype

Thank you for shining a light on our beautiful school. Associate Christian Dimbleby explains, 'Passivhaus isn’t just an energy but a comfort standard.' We've created a school that balances sustainability with stunning aesthetics. https://t.co/qJI262Bz3K https://t.co/89Bmwb07k2

07/02/20

Year 7 learning about acids and alkalis in their chemistry lesson today . https://t.co/UCA9CkHdB1

06/02/20

Columbus Cubes are tricky to make! They persevered. 👍 https://t.co/CJmObaR4uI

04/02/20

Year 8 developing their debating skills https://t.co/pYuvVhU2bv

04/02/20

Here's Year 7 in their career workshops https://t.co/GoxMSj3w6C

04/02/20

Here's Year 8 creating living graphs that evaluate the impact of Suffragists and Suffragettes on the fight for women’s votes https://t.co/uZhcjo1iw1

04/02/20

We had a wonderful IID Day at HASU today. Year 7 focused on careers and Year 8 learnt about democracy. It was lovely to see so many students looking very smart and grown up in business attire. Thank you to all the families who made this happen! 1/2 https://t.co/kLESSexCV0

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FGM

What is FGM?

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.

There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.

FGM is illegal

FGM has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985. In 2003 it also became a criminal offence for UK nationals or permanent UK residents to take their child abroad to have female genital mutilation.

Anyone found guilty of the offence faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison. 

Reporting requirements - Regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales must report ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18s to the police (Home Office, 2016).
 

Who is at risk from FGM?

FGM is typically inflicted on girls between 4 and 15 years of age. The majority of known cases are in 28 African countries including Somalia, Sudan, as well as others in the Middle East and Asia.

Long term consequences can include recurrent bladder and urinary tract infections, cysts, infertility, an increased risk of complications in child birth and a need for further surgery.

Many victims also suffer severe psychological trauma and long term psychological problems.

What to watch out for?

A girl at immediate risk of FGM may not know what's going to happen. But she might talk about or you may become aware of:

  • a long holiday abroad or going 'home' to visit family
  • relative or cutter visiting from abroad
  • a special occasion or ceremony to 'become a woman' or get ready for marriage
  • a female relative being cut – a sister, cousin, or an older female relative such as a mother or aunt.

    What are the indications that a girl is a victim of FGM?

  • Prolonged absence from school and a change in behaviour on return.
  • Finding it difficult to sit still and appears to be experiencing discomfort or pain
  • Spending a long time at the toilet
  • Asking to be excused from PE
  • A sudden change in dress.

Worried about FGM?

A member of staff who thinks a girl is at risk of FGM or that FGM has taken place must report this as a child protection issue to the school’s safeguarding lead and to the police on 101.

Members of the public should report this to the police on 101