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, cutting or sunna.

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.

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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 we're here 24/7.

0800 028 3550

or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

Help and advice

Signs, symptoms and effects

Find out what the signs and symptoms are of female genital mutilation.
Learn what to look out for

Keeping children safe

How to help keep children safe from FGM
Keeping children safe from FGM

If you're worried about a child, even if you're unsure, phone the FGM helpline on 0808 028 3550.

What we do about FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) helpline

Helpline offering advice, information and support to anyone concerned that a child's welfare is at risk because of female genital mutilation.

0800 028 3550

Contact us by email

We have responded to over 300 contacts about FGM since June 2013. More than a third of these contacts have resulted in a referral to the police or children's services

Explanation:  The NSPCC launched its dedicated FGM helpline in June 2013 for anyone with concerns about FGM. People can contact the helpline by phone or by email.

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