Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Useful links for advising health professionals and travellers about Female Genital Mutilation Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Key points

  • The WHO estimates that approximately 100 - 140 million girls and women worldwide have been affected by female genital mutilation
  • Children born in the UK may be at risk of FGM when they travel with their families to visit friends and relatives in countries where this practice is common
  • It is illegal to perform FGM in the UK or to take girls who are UK nationals or UK residents abroad for FGM
  • Health professionals have a mandatory reporting duty if FGM is identified or a child is thought to be at risk. Failure to do so, may result in disciplinary procedures through the health professional regulatory body under "Fitness to Practise" proceedings. 

Resources

First Published :   28 Apr 2016
Last Updated :   11 Nov 2020

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