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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.

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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

Chelsea's Choice & Crashing

We are holding two FREE evening performances based on Child Sexual Exploitation. One performance of Chelsea’s Choice and one performance of Crashing. Please click on this link for more details.

May 2017 newsletter

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Ofsted Inspection

The Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board (BBSCB) is judged to be 'Good' in a report published today by Ofsted. For more details of the report and a statement by Jenny Myers, Independent Chair of BBSCB can be found here 

 

Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

‘The More You Know, The More You See’ – Child Sexual Exploitation Conference

Date: Thursday 28th September 2017

Venue: The Rufus Centre, Flitwick

Time: 9:30 – 4:30 (Registration 9:00 – 9:30)

For more details please click here