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An Introduction to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage, Spirit Possession and Honour Based Violence

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
1-2 hours
towards your CPD

This course is specifically designed to help people coming into contact with young people and their families during the course of their work to promote good safeguarding practice, whilst being culturally aware.

On completion you will:

  • Have an understanding of the four main types of abuse that stem from culture related traditions: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Honour Based Violence, Spirit Possession and Forced Marriage.
  • Be more aware of the specific cultural and religious needs of others and confident at conversing with those from a differing cultural background.
  • Recognise how important cultural awareness is in supporting the best possible outcomes for all children.

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Areas covered include:

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Overview and Background
  • Cultural Traditions - Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence
  • Introduction - Forced Marriage
  • Prevalence
  • Risk factors
  • Consequences
  • Indicators and Signs
  • Legal Position
  • Assessment
  • Case Study
  • Challenge
  • Definition - Honour Based Violence
  • Introduction
  • Prevalence
  • Risk factors
  • Assessment
  • Consequences
  • Challenge
  • Cultural Rituals - Female Genital Mutilation
  • Definition
  • Terminology
  • Why does it happen?
  • Types
  • Prevalence
  • Consequences
  • Legal Aspects
  • Indicators
  • Assessment
  • Challenge
  • Cultural Beliefs - Abuse Linked to Spirit Possession and Witchcraft
  • Introduction
  • Definition
  • Prevalence
  • Terms
  • Types of Abuse
  • Cultural Beliefs
  • Risk Factors
  • Consequences
  • Assessments
  • Indicators
  • Challenge
  • Summary

Target Audience

This module is aimed primarily at practitioners working with children, young people and their families.


With approximately 60 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 1 2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to print a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

I liked the different links and how easy it was to use. The commentary was very clear and not too fast so you could take it all in and was printed at the bottom.
14/02/2017 VD
I have been asked to complete the course as a senior leader in school, but I think it would be useful for staff at all levels to complete this course. It was interesting and informative and I will be making this recommendation back at school.
26/01/2017 CS
One of the better online courses I have done from the virtual college group. Simple, easy to understand and not too content heavy.
17/01/2017 AL
Good that you do not have to complete the course in one session - you can save and go back to it.
03/01/2017 NH
There was lots of information presented in a concise and precise manner
27/04/2016 RL
I liked the examples and news articles relating to each topic. I like to learn from real case studies.
20/04/2016 BR
The module was very clear and insightful. The format (text, pictures, voice etc...) really helped the course to be user friendly and easy to follow
17/04/2016 BE
Very easy to navigate and the audio commentary available if needed. The visual images also aided me as I am a visual learner.
07/04/2016 DH
Very informative; segmented very nicely; I was able to do it in stages to fit around other commitments.
19/03/2016 TB
I liked the pictures and challenges. The information was presented in a visual way which made the course enjoyable and engaging.
22/02/2016 DH
I enjoyed that you can take your time or speed up the slides that you are learning from. Clicking on words to find more information kept my attention and focus levels high.
04/02/2016 LM
I liked how the module was very informative but told you exactly what you wanted to be more aware of FGM and was surprised at what I learnt with Spirit Possession. I found that the key at the bottom of the screen with important meanings of terms used dependant on the section were very helpful.
18/01/2016 ML

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885089.

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1-2 hours.

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