Female Genital Mutilation
Protecting girls and women from FGM is everybody's business
The World Health Organisation defines Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as “all procedures (not operations) which
- Involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or
- Injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons.
FGM is a form of child abuse and violence against girls and women, a serious public health hazard and a human rights issue.
It is illegal in the UK to subject a girl or woman to FGM, or take a child abroad to undergo FGM. In recognition of the seriousness of FGM the Director of Public Prosecutions has launched a FGM Action Plan and formed a FGM Steering Group to monitor progress.
Practitioners in all areas must be aware of and actively prevent and tackle FGM.
All practitioners have a responsibility to ensure that families know that FGM is illegal, and should ensure that families know the authorities are actively tackling the issue. This knowledge alone may deter families from performing FGM and save girls and women from harm.
The NYSCB FGM guidance provides guidance on:
- Practitioner's roles in the identification of girls and women who are at risk of abuse through FGM, or have already undergone FGM.
- Analysis and decision making in respect of FGM.
- Responding to concerns and the actions practitioners can take to safeguard girls and young women from FGM
If you have a concern that a girl or young woman is at risk of FGM or has already undergone the procedure, you should contact the Customer Service Centre. To contact the Customer Service Centre:
By Phone: 01609 780780
Emergency Duty Team (for evenings, weekends and bank holidays): 01609 780780
If you wish to fing out more about about female genital mutilation, information can be downloaded from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/safeguarding-women-and-girls-at-risk-of-fgm.
Where appropriate, these should be displayed in service user waiting areas and staff notice boards.