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 features:

  • information on legislation
  • case studies where FGM has been experienced by girls and women in the UK
  • information on what local authorities can do to raise awareness of FGM in their local area and safeguard children
  • links to support organisations, clinics and helplines that 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 4 February 2019 + show all updates
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