Topic: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
This toolkit aims to support and assist education staff, partner agencies and CYP practitioners in their work with children, young people and families. Further information, advice and resources specific to FGM, including some in multiple languages, can be accessed via the additional resources button on this page.
Honour Based Abuse (HBA) covers harmful cultural practices and is often under-reported because those at risk can feel tied by family or community loyalty, be too distressed to speak out or are afraid of the consequences.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) or female circumcision is the term for procedures which involve the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs, or injury to the female genital organs, for cultural, religious, social or other non-medical reasons within families and communities.
FGM is known to take place in parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Girls born in the UK, or who are resident here, whose families originate from an FGM practising community are at risk of FGM happening to them.
FGM is an operation which is medically unnecessary, extremely painful and has serious health consequences for the girls and women involved, resulting in girls dying every year of blood loss, infection and other complications caused by the procedure. It inflicts severe physical and psychological damage, which can last a lifetime.
The Petals Web-app provides detailed information for professionals and young people about FGM, including the signs and risks, making referrals, the law and statutory reporting.