Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is sometimes referred to as female circumcision and is mostly carried out on young girls.

It is any procedure that’s designed to alter or injure female genital organs for non-medical reasons and is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to arrange for anyone to be taken abroad for FGM.

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What should you do if you think someone is at risk of FGM?

If they are still in the country – please call the police on 101 (or 999 if an emergency).
If they are are outside of the UK –  contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500. From overseas the number is +44 (0)20 7008 1500.
You can also call the FGM helpline on 0808 028 3550.

Please refer to the Multi - Agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulerable adults below.