Abstract

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) is a membership organisation of approximately 43,000 counsellors and psychotherapists. In February 2016, BACP was commissioned by NHS England and the Department for Health (DH) to undertake a survey of members to gauge their awareness and understanding of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), as well as examples of best therapeutic practice when working with survivors of FGM and training needs.

This report summarises the findings from an online survey completed by 2,073 BACP members. It describes the key themes which emerged through analysis of qualitative data, as well as descriptive and inferential statistics from quantitative data. Overall, findings from the survey suggest that, in general, many counsellors and psychotherapists are lacking confidence in their awareness and understanding of FGM, including their safeguarding responsibilities.