Female genital mutilation
FGM is an unacceptable form of abuse and violence against girls and women, and the government is committed to preventing FGM. FGM is illegal in the UK; it is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or to help someone trying to do this.
Campaign to prevent female genital mutilation
The Home Office has secured £250,000 from the EU PROGRESS fund to put a stop to female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK.
Part of the money was used to run a campaign to raise awareness of FGM within the UK. Campaign activity highlighted the free 24-hour NSPCC FGM helpline (0800 028 3550). Callers to the helpline will remain anonymous, however any information that could protect a child from abuse will be passed to the police or social services
There is also a NSPCC website on FGM where members of the public and professionals can get help, advice and support on FGM issues.
A FGM DVD has been produced featuring survivors of FGM and doctors discussing the issue and warning mothers and carers of the health dangers of the procedure.
You can find further background to the campaign and details on how to order support materials by emailing FGMEnquiries@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk for more information.
A range of measures to end FGM were announced to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance on 6 February 2014.