Female Genital Mutilation Campaign - #EndFGM
On 5 October, the Home Office launched a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign that is running for eight weeks as part of the commitment to tackling this crime and protecting vulnerable women and girls.
The campaign seeks to help prevent FGM by changing attitudes among affected communities through raising awareness of the negative long-term health consequences of FGM. The campaign also encourages communities to report via the NSPCC's FGM helpline.
For example, if you work with, or come into contact with families that may be at risk of FGM, you can play a crucial role in identifying and protecting young people.
A girl at immediate risk of FGM may not know what's going to happen or fully understand what FGM is. But she might talk about or you may become aware of:
- a long holiday to her country of origin, or another country where the practise is prevalent;
- a special occasion or ceremony to 'become a woman' or get ready for marriage;
- a female relative already being cut – a sister, cousin, or an older female relative such as a mother or aunt;
- unexpected, repeated or prolonged absence from school;
- concerns raised by the school about academic work;
- difficulty walking, standing or sitting;
- spending longer in the bathroom or toilet; and
- appearing withdrawn, anxious or depressed.
If a child or young person is at imminent risk of harm, contact the police.
For additional guidance
You can contact the dedicated 24 hour NSPCC FGM Helpline by calling 0800 028 3550 or