Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. FGM is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is also sometimes known as female circumcision or‘sunna’
Some girls die from blood loss or infection as a direct result of the procedure. Women who have undergone FGM are also likely to experience difficulty in childbirth.
FGM is a serious criminal offence in the UK with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison for anyone found guilty of the offence
Even if someone is taken overseas for the mutilation, it is still a crime in the UK if the mutilation is done by a UK national or permanent UK resident. It is also a crime if a UK national or permanent resident assists or gets a non-UK national or permanent resident to carry out the acts overseas on a UK national or permanent resident.
If you are in the UK and have concerns that this may happen to you or someone you know, you can speak to a teacher, doctor, school nurse, social worker, police officer or any health, educational or social care professional in confidence. They will be able to help and support you.