What is FGM?
FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against
women and girls, and therefore should be dealt
with as part of existing child and adult
safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures.
The practice is illegal in the UK and it is also
illegal to take a British national or permanent
resident abroad for the practice of FGM or to help
someone trying to do this.
Female genital mutilation comprises all procedure
that involves partial or total removal of the external
female genitalia or other injury to the female genital
organs for non-medical reasons.
There is now a legal duty to report concerns under the Serious Crimes Act (2015) in relation to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Regulated health and social care professionals and teachers are required to report cases to the police of FGM in girls under 18 which they identify in the course of their professional work.