Practice of the physicians of the Maternal and infantile protection services in Seine-St-Denis as regards the prevention of FGM
Pratique des médecins de protection infantile de Seine-Saint-Denis en matière de prévention des mutilations sexuelles féminines
This Doctoral Thesis (95 p.) draws upon a study on FGM prevalence in Seine-St-Denis, the French district counting with the highest number of migrants from FGM-practising countries. This work addresses the practice of the doctors of the local children protection services in preventing FGM. The author used a questionnaire and data provided by the local centres of maternal and children's protection. Results show that physicians working for local child protection services attempt to prevent FGM by communicating about existing laws regarding these practices, especially during consultation before travels to the countries of origins, and by systematically examining genitals of girls under 6 for whom maternal and children's protection centres are designed. The author reports that measures of prevention proved to be efficient, and that physicians increasingly report abuses to judiciary authority and social services. The thesis concludes with recommendations in order to maintain vigilance and increase coordination between services to victims and persons at risk of FGM beyond the age of 6.
Author(s): Amara, D.
Publisher: Université de Paris Nord, Faculté de médecine
The author used a questionnaire and data provided by the local centres of maternal and children's protection.
Format: Hardcopy, Digital
Cost to obtain the method/tool: Free