Female genital mutilation (FGM) is the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision or cutting.
Religious, social or cultural reasons are sometimes given for FGM. However, FGM is child abuse. It's dangerous and a criminal offence.
There are no medical reasons to carry out FGM. It doesn't enhance fertility and it doesn't make childbirth safer. It is used to control female sexuality and can cause severe and long-lasting damage to physical and emotional health.
Worried about FGM?
Call the FGM helpline if you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM.
It's free, anonymous and available 24/7.
0800 028 3550
For more information click on the links below:
NCPCC - preventing FGM
28 Too Many
FGM -Supporting Girls
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of FGM, contact your local police.