Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Recent media attention has focussed on the dangers of FGM which takes place in certain cultures. It is estimated that over 1000 young girls in the UK have been affected by this procedure. UNISEF estimates that at least 25 million girls and young women have experienced FGM in 29 countries in Africa and the Middle East.

What is FGM?

The terms “female genital mutilation”, “female circumcision” and “female genital mutilation/cutting” refer to all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons – Adapted from World Health Organisation 2008.

How is FGM carried out?

  • Normally done between 3 – 12 years
  • Varies from community to community but generally by an elder woman in the community using non-sterile equipment without anaesthetic
  • UK girls are taken on “holiday” to have FGM done

If you have any concerns that girls who you know may have been/are affected by this, please contact a member of the safeguarding team.