Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM is recognised internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is illegal in many countries.

 In the case of an emergency, dial 999

If you’re concerned that someone may be at risk, contact:

  NSPCC emailhelp@nspcc.org.uk or 0800 800 5000
  • There is an estimated 137,000 women and girls with FGM in England and Wales (2015)
  • FGM is usually performed by someone with no medical training.
  • Girls are given no anaesthetic, no antiseptic treatment and are often forcibly restrained
  • Procedures can cause severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later, potential childbirth complications and newborn deaths.
  • The Female Genital Mutilation Act was introduced in 2003 and came into effect in March 2004.