Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
This statement opposing female genital mutilation (FGM) can be taken abroad to explain the criminal status of FGM in the UK. It outlines what FGM is, the legislation and penalties involved and the help and support available.
If you know someone in immediate danger, contact the police.
You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if she’s already been taken abroad:
- telephone: 020 7008 1500
- from overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 1500
- find out about call charges
The NSPCC also provides further information and advice on FGM. You can call their helpline on: 0800 028 3550.
What is FGM:
FGM is the mutilation of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It is sometimes known as female circumcision or ‘sunna’.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and an extremely harmful practice with devastating health consequences for girls and women. Some girls die from blood loss or infection as a direct result of the procedure. Some women who have undergone FGM are also likely to find it difficult to give birth and many also suffer from long-term psychological trauma.
What this statement is for:
You should take this statement with you when you go abroad. You can show it to your family. This makes it clear that FGM is a serious criminal offence in the UK with a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison for anyone found guilty. Your parents, or whoever is caring for you, may also be guilty of an offence if they fail to protect you from FGM being carried out.
Keep this statement safe:
You should carry it with you at all times – especially when you go abroad.