Female genital mutilation (FGM), sometimes known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘female genital cutting’, is illegal in the UK.
It’s also illegal to take abroad a British national or permanent resident for FGM, or to help someone trying to do this.
You can get up to 14 years in prison for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place.
If there’s immediate danger
Contact the police if you or someone you know is in immediate danger of FGM.
You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you know a British national who’s already been taken abroad.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Telephone: 020 7008 1500
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 1500
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If you’re abroad you can contact the nearest British embassy, commission or consulate.
If you or someone you know is at risk
Contact the NSPCC anonymously if you’re worried that a girl or young woman is at risk or is a victim of FGM.
You can get help and advice in the UK from:
In England you can find NHS specialist clinics for FGM.
In Scotland you can contact:
Local help and advice
You can contact your local council and ask for the Safeguarding Children Board.
You can also search for help and advice in your area using your postcode.
You can apply to get a protection order from the court to keep you or someone you know safe from FGM.