Course Introduction

This course will provide participants with a solid understanding of important safeguarding issues related to FGM, breast ironing, virginity testing, forced marriage, child marriage and so-called honour-based abuse.

Duration – 2 x Hours (09.30AM – 12.00PM)

Next Course Date – 

APRIL 2023 – 27th April 2023

Course Aimed at – Professionals with mandatory reporting duty, such as regulated health and social care professionals and teachers.

Cost – £85p.p + VAT

Please contact us should you wish to book bespoke training solely for your organisation.

Difficulty – Advanced (Level 3)

Trainer – Yana Spencer

Delivery – Virtual via Zoom

Topics Covered

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Breast Ironing
  • Virginity Testing
  • Hymenoplasty
  • Forced Marriage
  • Child Marriage
  • So-called ‘Honour’-based Abuse
  • Reporting Framework

Course Description

This course, specifically designed for SAFE by Yana Spencer – an international expert in gender-based violence, is aimed at professionals with mandatory reporting duty (e.g., health and social care professionals and teachers) who need to have a solid understanding of these abusive practices which are becoming increasingly prevalent in the UK in order to help victims and potential victims.


Using thought-provoking case studies and videos, the workshop will enable participants to feel confident when confronted by these so-called ‘traditional practice’ and ‘honour-based’ abuses – which are often considered to be culturally highly sensitive. It will provide insights into the causes of such abuse and their impact on the victim. Guidance will also be given on how to identify such abuse and the correct way to report it to ensure proper safeguarding procedures are followed.