What is FGM?
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as “all procedures (not operations) which involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons” (World Health Organisation, 1996)
If you suspect that any girl in Cambridgeshire or Peterborough is at immediate risk of being subjected to any form of FGM you must take action to report it immediately by contacting the police on 999.
FGM constitutes child abuse and causes physical, psychological and sexual harm
Indicators that a girl may be at risk of Female Genital Mutilation
Indicators that a girl has experienced Female Genital Mutilation
To support professionals and parents Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Safeguarding Children Boards have produced a resource pack that are available to download
National FGM resources
There is a helpline operated by the NSPCC, available 365 days a year and 24 hours a day, specialising in responses to FGM. It is staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors who can offer advice, information and assistance to professionals and members of the public.
Tel: 0800 028 3550 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Tackling FGM in the UK: Intercollegiate recommendations for identifying, recording and reporting’ is published by The Royal College of Midwives (2013)
HM Government Multi Agency Practice Guidelines: Female Genital Mutilation (2014)
NHS specialist clinics for FGM