WHAT TO DO IF A CHILD IS AT RISK?

If a child is at risk

If you feel that a girl is at risk of FGM, you should contact your local child protection social worker at Túsla, Children and Family Agency:

Tel: 01 635 2854
Email: info@tusla.ie
Web: www.tusla.ie

If you think a girl is in immediate danger please contact any Garda station or dial 999 or 112.

For professionals working with children it is your legal obligation under Children’s First Guidelines (2011) to report to child protection services and/or the Gardaí if you feel a girl is at risk of FGM or if FGM has already taken place.

If FGM has already taken place

If you suspect that FGM has already been performed on a girl, contact the Gardaí and local child protection social work department (Túsla). This will have legal implications for the person(s) who carried out the procedure and it is necessary to report to protect further children at risk in the family or community.

FGM support service

Girls and women can avail of free specialised medical, nursing and counselling services through the FGM support service at the Migrant women’s health clinic. This clinic is offered by the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) in its Dublin city centre Every Woman Clinic, Cathal de Brugha St, Dublin 1.

For further details please see: http://www.ifpa.ie/Sexual-Health-Services/FGM-Treatment-Service  or phone/text the designated phone line: 085 877 1342.