FGM

Female Genital Mutilation involves the removal of some or all of the female genitalia.  It is sometimes called genital cutting or female circumcision

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.

From 31 October 2015 teachers, nurses, social workers and doctors must report FGM or suspected FGM where it involves a child under 18.

You can read more about FGM on the Help for Teens website
 
Health For Teens
Get help
 
The NSPCC have a 24hour helpline for FGM: 0800 028 3550
 
Forward are the leading UK organisation - click on the picture below to visit their website
 
 
Plan UK's Because I am a Girl campaign has information about a range of issues, including FGM.  Click on the picture below to visit their website