Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) involves 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. Sometimes it is also referred to as female circumcision, female genital cutting and Sunna (NSPCC). FGM has no health benefits and internationally it is recognised as a violation of human rights. The practice is illegal in the UK and can cause severe damaging effects to physical and emotional health.
The NSPCC highlights some signs and symptoms of a girl or woman who may have has FGM:
Advice and Assistance
Please contact 999 if you think a person is in immediate danger of FGM
FGM Assessment Tool
This FGM assessment tool will be useful to practitioners.
Please click here for a short film on FGM.
This short animated film on female genital mutilation (FGM) was created by British activist and filmmaker Ruth Beni and has won the gold world medal at the 2016 New York Festivals honouring the best TV and films.