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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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 non-medical reasons.

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
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97820/poster-for-fgm.pdf


FGM Leaflet for young people
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/97829/leaflet-for-fgm.pdf

NSPCC

Click here to go to the NSPCC website page on FGM.

fgm poster

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 fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

 

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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ACCM (UK) is a Non-Government Organisation (NGO) Charity working to Reaching Communities to improve the health, social and economic position of BME, asylum seekers, migrant and vulnerable communities locally, nationally and internationally.

Mobile: 0044 (0) 77 1248 2568 or Telephone: 0044 (0) 1234 356 910

 

 

News

Disrespect NoBody campaign

The second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017.

The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website www.disrespectnobody.co.uk where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

Please click on the link below to download the partner brief and campaign materials.
https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/assets.
smartcdn.co.uk/docs/Campaign_materials_for_
Disrespect_NoBody_2017.pdf.pdf

Click here to go to their website