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Female Genital Mutilation

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation or FGM as it is know is a procedure that involves the partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

FGM is also sometimes known as 'female genital cutting' or 'female circumcision' and is considered child abuse in the UK. The summer holidays are a peak period for cases of forced marriage and female genital mutilation.   A film has been made to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation and encourage people to report concerns. The video can be found on YouTube here

Petals - the UK's first FGM web app.  This app is for young people both girls and boys living in the UK who want to find out more about Female Genital Mutilation and how it might affect them and others they may know. The app is now live and is available here

The Female Genital Mutilation Helpline is a UK-wide service. It operates 24/7, and is staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors who can offer advice, information, and assistance to members of the public and to professionals. Counsellors will also be able to make referrals, as appropriate, to statutory agencies and other services.

The helpline can be contacted on:0800 028 3550 and emails sent to

The aim of this specialist helpline is to protect children in the UK by increasing the detection of children who are at risk or who have become victims of FGM. It will also share information with police and relevant agencies so that intelligence can be gathered and appropriate action taken against those who carry out FGM.   It will work in the same way as the main NSPCC helpline.

Staffordshire Police further information regarding FGM on their website.  Click on the link to view.

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