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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

What is FGM?

FGM is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

According to the World Health Organisation, FGM is practiced in up to 28 African countries and in some countries in the Middle East and Asia.

It is recognised that women and girls may also be at risk of having FGM performed on them in the UK, or being taken from the UK to have the procedure performed overseas.  The prevalence of FGM in England and Wales is difficult to estimate because of the hidden nature of the crime.

FGM can impact on the health of girls and women both long and short term.  FGM is a criminal offence - it is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore should be treated as such.  Cases should be dealt with as part of existing structures, policies and procedures on child protection and adult safeguarding.

For further information please see below professional tool kit.

Below are two versions of the 2019 helpline posters to support families effected by FGM. You can also find versions of these posters at www.oxfordagainstcutting.org/resources/

For guidance on how to protect children from FGM, please click here

Rose Centre

The Centre is a place where women who have experienced FGM can access support and where necessary, onward referral to services.  There will be support from local communities, local experts on the subject of FGM as well as Specialist Obs/Gynae Registrars providing clinical advice and support.

The service runs a once a month drop-in clinic for women from the whole of the West of Berkshire, however no woman will be turned away.  Specific referrals from GPs, health service and other professionals are also accepted.

For more information, please contact Victoria on 07903675676 / 0118 9510279

Oxford Against Cutting

Many girls are at highest risk during the long summer break and in some communities the "cutting season" has already begun, for example in Sudan.  Please do share the posters as widely as possible.  

Oxford Against Cutting can deliver sensitive, high quality staff training and student lessons to support learning in primary and secondary schools and professional groups on:

  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage and other forms of honour-based abuse (HBA)
  • Body image (including learning on FGM, female cosmetic genital surgery, unrealistic expectations for body images shown online and how pornography presents a    distorted picture of sexual behaviour)
  • Body rights and safety (from all forms of sexual harm) – primary school lesson (including the NSPCC PANTS campaign)

All of their training is age appropriate and delivered by facilitators from affected communities and they are a chosen provider of training for the NASUWT.

For more information visit: www.oxfordagainstcutting.org 

Download Related Documents:

FGM Tool Kit For Professionals

FGM Poster 2019

FGM Poster for Social Media 2019


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