Safeguarding Training Centre | Female genital mutilation

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) comprises “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs.” The family often believes it is beneficial and in a girl or woman’s best interests – this can limit a girl’s motivation to raise concerns or talk openly about it. 

FGM is illegal in the UK and a form of child abuse with long-lasting, harmful consequences. It is also known as ‘female genital cutting’, ‘circumcision’ or ‘initiation’. 

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