Female genital mutilation: resource pack

Female genital mutilation (FGM) guidance, case studies and support materials for local authorities, professional services and specialist voluntary organisations.



FGM is illegal in the UK. Anyone who commits FGM faces up to 14 years in prison, a fine, or both. Anyone found guilty of failing to protect a girl from risk of FGM faces up to 7 years in prison, a fine, or both.

This resource pack includes:

  • information on legislation and prevalence
  • resources and good practice case studies for local authorities, the police, healthcare professionals and schools
  • links to support organisations, clinics and helplines which can help people who think they might be at risk


Recognising and preventing FGM training is available for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities.

It gives an introduction to FGM and the action you must take to protect girls who may be at risk.


Some of the content in the links included in this resource pack contain images or accounts that viewers may find distressing.

Published 22 July 2014
Last updated 6 February 2023 + show all updates
  1. Updated some links in the guidance and added easy read version.

  2. Added bullet point on section 12 after "Resources from Royal Colleges" with link to animation video.

  3. Added details of the Vavengers charity into 'Support organisations, helplines and clinics' section.

  4. Added 2 new FGM awareness videos under "DVDs and videos" section.

  5. Updated to add information on guidance for schools, including the Harmful Practices Schools Charter.

  6. Updated contents on cover page and HTML document.

  7. Updated details.

  8. Guidance updated.

  9. Updated resource pack.

  10. First published.