FGM is a 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 FGM. Some women who had FGM are also likely to find it difficult to give birth and many also suffer from long-term psychological trauma.
FGM is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to arrange for a child to be taken abroad for FGM. If caught, offenders face a large fine and a prison sentence of up to 14 years.
If you are worried about someone who is at risk of FGM or has had FGM, you must share this information with social care or the police.
You can also call NSPCC FGM Helpline line on 0800 028 3550 which can support family members concerned that a child is at risk of, or has had FGM.
Non-urgent advice for British nationals abroad can be obtained from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office helpline, on 020 7008 1500.