Keith Vaz MP visits our FGM helpline

It is vital that we are vigilant and robust especially at this time when so many families are travelling, says Keith Vaz MP

Kam Thandi, Keith Vaz and Louise ExtonThe Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, Keith Vaz MP, visited our FGM helpline today.

This is MP's first visit to the service, which was praised in the Home Affairs Select Committee's landmark report in June 2014.


How our helpline is making a difference

Our helpline provides help and advice to parents, teachers and health professionals with a concern about FGM, a practice which has been illegal in the UK since 1985.

Since launching at the end of June 2013, we've received nearly 800 contacts from the public and professionals with concerns about FGM - almost 300 of these have been so serious that they have had to be referred to the police and children's services. Read more about our FGM helpline.

Call the FGM helpline

If you are worried a child is at risk of, or is a victim of, FGM contact the NSPCC FGM helpline anonymously 24/7.

0800 028 3550

Or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

NSPCC Head of Helplines, John Cameron said:
"FGM is traumatic for every victim and we must do everything we can to stop this child abuse.

"It is essential that action is taken by all professionals to protect children at risk and that we provide psychological support for the women and girls who have been subjected to FGM.

"We urge anyone who has a concern or needs advice to contact our FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk – you can remain anonymous if you wish."

"Maintaining a strong campaign to raise awareness of this torturous practice, of the support available to at-risk girls, and of the training available to medical professionals is critical"
Keith Vaz MP / Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee

Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee said:
“FGM is on the increase in London. It is vital that we are vigilant and robust especially at this time when so many families are travelling. 

“Our progress on securing prosecutions against perpetrators of FGM has been lamentable compared to that of our European neighbours such as France. Nobody has been successfully prosecuted in the United Kingdom.

“Maintaining a strong campaign to raise awareness of this torturous practice, of the support available to at-risk girls, and of the training available to medical professionals is critical. I commend the NSPCC for their excellent work on raising awareness and providing a much needed advice service to help those at risk.” 

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