This guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) is for all persons and bodies in England and Wales. It was first published in 2016 but has been updated in October 2018.
You must read and follow this guidance if you are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults.
You should read this FGM guidance along-side other safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):
- Working Together to Safeguard Children (2018) in England
- Safeguarding Children: Working Together under the Children Act 2004 (2007) in Wales
The FGM RIS is a national IT system that supports the early intervention and ongoing safeguarding of girls, under the age of 18, who are potentially at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM).
A pathway to follow if a patients presentation prompts the clinician to suspect/consider FGM.
An NHS publication summarising FGM for Health Care Professionals
To help teachers understand their role in safeguarding girls, engaging parents and teaching about FGM
A map to show the percentage of girls and women aged 15-49 who have undergone FGM in Africa, the Middle East, and Indonesia.
This resource was developed in response to requests for clearer direction from central government about the safeguarding responsibilities of local authorities.
It is designed to highlight examples from areas where effective practice has been identified and to emphasise what works in fighting female genital mutilation (FGM).
The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset (SCCI 2026) supports the Department of Health’s FGM Prevention
Programme by presenting a national picture of the prevalence of FGM in the NHS in England.
Information on recognising and responding to cases of FGM.
This includes signs a teacher or school may notice.