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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What should you do if you think someone is at risk of FGM?

If they are still in the country – please call the police on 101 (or 999 if an emergency).
If they are are outside of the UK –  contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 020 7008 1500. From overseas the number is +44 (0)20 7008 1500.

You can also call the FGM helpline on 0808 028 3550.

Please refer to the Multi – Agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults below.

You can find more information and free training using the links below.

Please use the updated FGM resource pack, which can be found here:

The pack includes:

  • Key information about FGM, including the legislation and what is known about prevalence.
  • Details of some key national resources, such as the statutory guidance and the NSPCC FGM helpline.
  • Case studies of good practice by local authorities in tackling FGM, and resources for local authorities.
  • Case studies of joint working to tackle FGM.
  • Examples of good practice by the police.
  • On healthcare: Information about specialist clinics, information about psychotherapy and psychosocial services, the key responsibilities of healthcare professionals, and resources from the Government and the Royal Colleges.
  • On education: Guidance, lesson plans, videos and other resources from Government, local authorities, schools and NGOs.
  • Resources for social care professionals.
  • Relevant leaflets from Government and NGOs.
  • Recommendations for the content of training, and details of some of the training courses available.
  • A range of videos produced by Government, NGOs, international organisations and others.
  • Details of services provided by the Home Office’s FGM Unit (and, for British nationals overseas who are at risk of FGM, the Forced Marriage Unit).
  • A list of organisations which can offer support.

It also links to the Gov.UK service which shows FGM support services which are located near to a particular postcode.

The following resource considers the long-term impact of FGM and context when working with adults with needs for care and support: