Female Genital Mutilation
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Girls and young women at risk of FGM are a vulnerable group.
All agencies must work together to identify and protect them.
What is FGM?
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as “all procedures
which include the partial or total removal of the external female
genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for
FGM is abuse of the human rights of girls and women and is
therefore a child protection issue.
FGM is illegal in the UK and it is illegal to prepare, send or
take a child to another country.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is also known as female
circumcision or female genital cutting, and in practising
communities by local terms such as 'tahor' or 'sunna'. It is a form
of child abuse which can have devastating physical and
psychological consequences for girls and women.
The World Health Organization describes it as:
"procedures that involve partial or total removal of the
external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital
organs for non-medical reasons" (WHO, 2013).
Since 1985 it has been a serious criminal offence under the
Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act to perform FGM or to assist
a girl to perform FGM on herself. In 2003, the Female Genital
Mutilation Act tightened this law to criminalise FGM being carried
out on UK citizens overseas. Anyone found guilty of the offence
faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
FGM Poster for young people
FGM Leaflet for young people
Call the FGM helpline - If you are worried a child is at risk
of, or is a victim of, FGM contact the NSPCC FGM helpline
anonymously 24/7 on 0800 028 3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FGM ‘Passport’ Statement opposing female genital mutilation has
now been published in the following community languages: Turkish,
Urdu, Farsi. Somali, Swahili, Arabic, Amharic and Tigrinya.
Please go to https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/statement-opposing-female-genital-mutilation
where copies can be downloaded.
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