Female genital mutilation

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Published on Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

In the UK, it is estimated that up to 24,000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Across government work is taking place to tackle this cruel and brutal practice. You can find information here about FGM and also advice on what to do if you are worried that you or someone you know is at risk.

Girls are at particular risk of FGM during school summer holidays. This is the time when families may take their children abroad for the procedure. Many girls may not be aware that they may be at risk of undergoing FGM. 
If you suspect that someone you know is at risk of being subjected to any form of FGM, you should take action to report it immediately. Time counts so please act as soon as you suspect that a girl may be at risk of FGM.

If you are concerned that a British citizen may be taken overseas for the purpose of FGM please call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 0207 008 1500 or email fgm@fco.gov.uk

You should also call:

  • your local Children’s Services or Local Safeguarding Children’s Board
  • your local Police Child Protection Unit
  • the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000
  • FORWARD on 0208 960 4000

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