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Breast Ironing

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If a child or young person is at risk of significant harm contact the

  • Safeguarding Referral Team Telephone 01782 235100
  • email

You can call someone in Stoke-on-Trent to help if you are worried about a child or young person and think they may be a victim of neglect or abuse

  • Advice and Access Team Telephone 01782 232200
  • email

Emergency Duty Team - 01782 234234 (After 5pm)

or, you can call a national helpline number (free of charge):- Child line – 0800 1111

Breast Ironing also known as “Breast Flattening” is the process whereby young pubescent girl’s breasts are ironed massaged and/or pounded down through the use of hard or heated objects in order for the breasts to disappear or delay the development of the breasts entirely. Breast Ironing is a harmful cultural practice and is child abuse.

There is no specific law within the UK around Breast and there are no figures available for the number of teenage girls who might be affected within the UK.

Young pubescent girls usually aged between 9 – 15 years old and from practising communities are most at risk of breast ironing.

Some indicators that a girl has undergone breast ironing are as follows:

  • Unusual behaviour after an absence from school or college including depression, anxiety, aggression, withdrawn etc;
  • Reluctance in undergoing normal medical examinations;
  • Fear of changing for physical activities due to scars showing or bandages being visible.

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