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Female Genital Mutilation Helpline

Free 24-hour advice and support to protect UK children from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

Anyone who is worried about a child being or has been a victim of FGM can contact the helpline for information and support. 

Female genital mutilation is:

  • a form of child abuse common to some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities in the UK;
  • illegal and life-threatening initiation ritual can leave young victims in agony and with physical and psychological problems that can continue into adulthood;
  • carried out in secret and often without anaesthetic it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs; and
  • victims are usually aged between four and ten, but some are babies.

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Who to contact

FGM Helpline

Last updated: 27 Oct 2020