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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or cutting, is a form of child abuse. FGM refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons and it's illegal in the UK.

FGM has serious health consequences, both at the time of the procedure and into adulthood. There are also long-term emotional and psychological effects from the lasting damage caused by FGM.

Female genital mutilation is an extremely serious crime. It illegal to:

  • Practice FGM in the UK
  • Assist a girl to mutilate her own genitalia
  • Take girls who are British Nationals or permanent residents of the UK abroad for FGM regardless of whether it is lawful in that country
  • Do anything with the aim of arranging FGM to be carried out abroad

The maximum penalty is 14 years in prison and/or a fine.

Important: If you feel in immediate danger, or suspect a child may be in immediate danger, you should dial 999 immediately.

Report it

If you feel you are at risk, suffering from the effects of FGM, suspect a child may be at risk or have any information at all relating to suspected acts of FGM, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling us on 101) or in person at a police station.

If contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch fill in the Report a crime or incident form.

Help and support

NSPCC FGM 24 hour Helpline

0800 028 3550

Daughters of Eve

A not for profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk of FGM.

Daughters of Eve website


The Foundation for Women's Health charity provides support for women affected by FGM and works to eliminate the practice.

Forward website

Integrate Bristol

A charity which helps with the integration of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures.

Integrate Bristol website

Bristol against violence and abuse (BAVA)

This site contains further advice and information regarding FGM and details of specific health clinics in Bristol offering support for victim’s suffering from FGM.

BAVA website

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