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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.

Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.

There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.

Worried about FGM?

Call the  free  NSPCC FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 if you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM.

Or if you can't call, please  email them on FGMHELP@NSPCC.ORG.UK

They are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week