Female Genital Mutilation – FGM

What is female genital mutilation?

Female genital mutilation is a procedure carried out on girls where all or part of their external genitals (clitoris/inner labia/outer labia) are removed for non-medical reasons.

(World Health Organisation)

It has no health benefits and harms girls and women in many ways.

If you think you, or someone else is at risk of FGM please tell someone you trust.

The law and FGM

Practising FGM is a criminal act in the UK.

It is illegal to help, support or arrange for FGM to be performed on a girl in this country. It is also illegal to take a girl outside the UK to have FGM carried out.

The offence can result in 14years in prison or a fine- or both.

FGM Help and support

If you or someone else is in immediate danger call the police on 999

Talk to a trusted adult about the situation.

Childline 08001111 www.childline.org.uk

Forward www.forwarduk.org.uk for girls and women affected by FGM.

Afruca www.afruca.org.uk Manchester Centre for Children and Families 0161 205 9274 (Mon-Fri 08:30-17:30)