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FGM Information

Multi-agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation 

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):

 

NHS Female Genital Mutilation Risk Indication System (FGM RIS) 

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).

 

NHS FGM Pathway

A pathway to follow if a patients presentation prompts the clinician to suspect/consider FGM.

 

FGM Pocket Guide for Health Care Professionals 

An NHS publication summarising FGM for Health Care Professionals

 

FGM Guidance for Schools

To help teachers understand their role in safeguarding girls, engaging parents and teaching about FGM

 

FGM Prevalence Map

A map to show the percentage of girls and women aged 15-49 who have undergone FGM in Africa, the Middle East, and Indonesia.

 

Home Office FGM Resource Pack

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).

 

Female genital mutilation (FGM) enhanced dataset: January 2018 to March 2018, England, experimental statistics

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.

 

NSPCC Learning – Protecting Children from FGM

Information on recognising and responding to cases of FGM.

 

NSPCC FGM Signs, indicators and effects

This includes signs a teacher or school may notice.

 

Information from the World Health Organisation:

Health Risks of FGM

Female Genital Mutilation and Obstetric Outcome

Mental Health Consequences of FGM