What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
It refers to a range of procedures which involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Practicing the procedure in the UK, or taking girls out of the country to have it done, is illegal and carries a penalty of up to 14 years in prison.
The procedure is usually performed at any time between birth up to the age of 15, there are no health benefits but some believe it helps prepare girls for marriage.
It is practiced in numerous communities across the world and is also happening among communities in the UK. Woman and girls subjected to it can suffer both health consequences and mental health problems.
Watch this informative video from the NHS on Female Genital Mutilation
Who should I contact if I have concerns?
If you have been affected by this or you know someone who is at risk, please contact:
Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency. Visit our contact us page for more ways to get in touch.
Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-org.uk. No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.
Contact details for further help and advice
NSPCC FGM Helpline
Telephone: 0800 028 3550
0800 5999 247
(Operates between 9-5 Monday to Friday - outside of these hours please call police on 101)