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NSPCC & FGM - Female genital mutilation

1.NSPCC Share Aware:

Click here to access information about the NSPCC Share Aware campaign.

2.Female genital mutilation (FGM):

(sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal in the UK.

An estimated 137,000 women in the UK are affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). However, the true extent is unknown, due to the "hidden" nature of the crime.

The girls may be taken to their countries of origin so that FGM can be carried out during the summer holidays, allowing them time to "heal" before they return to school. There are also worries that some girls may have FGM performed in the UK.

In February 2014, the UK government announced plans to part-fund a new study into how many women and girls living in England and Wales are affected by FGM. This was part of a wider commitment to preventing FGM during the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. Read the 2015 Government declaration on female genital mutilation for details on other steps being taken.

A statement opposing FGM

The Statement Opposing FGM makes it clear that FGM is a serious criminal offence in the UK, with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison for anyone found guilty of the offence. You should take this statement with you when you go abroad. You can show it to your family. Keep this statement in your passport, purse or wallet, which you should carry with you all the time.

For more information please visit:

Or email the practice in confidence via:iridium.medicalpractice@nhs.net your query will be dealt by the Practice Nurse and Admin Safeguarding Lead
Leaflets to download

The Department of Health has published a leaflet giving information about FGM in the following languages:

More about FGM - English version (PDF, 248Kb)

Mwy o wybodaeth am FGM - Welsh version (PDF, 175Kb)

ስለ ኤፍ ጂ ኤም ተጨማሪ መረጃ - Amharic version (PDF, 1.09Mb)

مزيد من المعلومات حول ختان الإناث - Arabic version (PDF, 177Kb)

FGM اطلاعات بیشتر درباره - Farsi version (PDF,221Kb)

Renseignements complémentaires sur les MGF - French version (PDF, 182Kb)

FGM زانیاری زیاتر دەربارەی - Kurdish Sorani version (PDF, 246Kb)

Macluumaad dheeraad ah ee ku saabsan FGM - Somali version (PDF, 196Kb)

Habari zaidi kuhusu ukeketaji wa wanawake - Swahili version (PDF, 176Kb)

ብዛዕባ ኤፍ ጂ ኤም ተወሳኺ ሓበሬታ - Tigrinya version (PDF, 766Kb)

ایف جی ایم کے بارے میں مزید معلومات - Urdu version (PDF, 188Kb)

Other organisations that can help

Childline
Helpline: 0800 1111
Website: www.childline.org.uk

NSPCC
FGM helpline: 0808 028 3550
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

Metropolitan Police (Project Azure – FGM)
Helpline: 0207 161 2888

Crimestoppers
Helpline: 0800 555 111
Website: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/ 

Foundation for Women’s Health Research & Development (FORWARD)
Helpline: 0208 960 4000
Website: http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/

Equality Now
Telephone: 0207 304 6902
Website: www.equalitynow.org

Daughters of Eve
Text: 07983 030 488
Website: www.dofeve.org

FGM National Clinical Group
www.fgmnationalgroup.org

info@fgmnationalgroup.org