The Guardian Project
Support for Girls and Young Women Affected by or at Risk of FGM
We provide free comprehensive support for girls and young women aged under 18, affected by or at risk of Female Genital Mutilation. We bridge the gap between professionals and potential victims and offer tailored youth-friendly and culturally appropriate assistance.
Anyone in Greater Manchester can access and refer girls and their families to The Guardian Project. This includes professionals in Children’s Social Services, education, police as well as parents and caregivers.
"My wife and I found the service particularly useful, because the workers who were involved helped us to understand the situation. The workers played a fantastic role, helped us to be positive and encouraged us to engage and to cooperate with social services... The workers also respected our culture by being very flexible in accommodating our needs”.
(Father of girls who went through FGM)
The Guardian Project’s Services:
Support for FGM cases, including attending strategy meetings and family visits with safeguarding agencies.
Advice and guidance for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities.
Cross-cultural therapy for girls and their families.
Awareness raising on FGM and other harmful practices.