MBE for safeguarding children’s nurse
We would like to congratulate Jacalyn Mathers, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children, who has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for her work on FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)
Jacalyn received the tribute for her outstanding contribution in raising awareness in Bristol of the issues around FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).
A community nurse with over 25 years’ experience, Jacalyn worked with partners across the city and beyond to develop a ground-breaking approach to tackling FGM, now known nationally as the ‘Bristol Model.’ This approach has become an exemplar in dealing with this serious issue.
Below: Jacalyn Mathers (fourth from left) and her colleagues accepting the HSJ award for their work with the Rose Clinic in 2014.
"I am extremely honoured, very proud and also very surprised. Keeping children safe is integral to my job and I’m really proud that FGM is finally being recognised as the extremely serious issue it is for thousands of young women in our community."
"For me the MBE stands for ‘Made By Everyone.’ We could not have made the progress we have without the support and hard work of community groups, Avon & Somerset Police, schools, and the amazing young people I’ve had the honour of working with."
- Jacalyn Mathers
“Tackling FGM has become my passion because I don’t want to see any girl hurt. It’s an enormously important subject that is often seen as ‘cultural’ and therefore difficult. But it’s not a cultural issue, it’s a women’s issue. Our work in Bristol has shown that we really can change attitudes to FGM. Together we can put an end to this horrendous abuse and violation of women’s rights.”
Jill Shepherd, Chief Officer, Bristol CCG added "We are enormously proud of Jacalyn and the work she has done to raise awareness of the issues and to change attitudes around FGM. Her passion and dedication, together with the support of community groups, young people and professionals, has seen Bristol lead the way in dealing with FGM at a grass roots, community level.”