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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as “all procedures which include the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

FGM is abuse of the human rights of girls and women and is therefore a child protection issue.

FGM is illegal in the UK and it is illegal to prepare, send or take a child to another country.

If you suspect that a girl in Brent is at risk of or being subjected to any form of FGM you must take action to report it immediately.

FGM National Helpline

The NSPCC provide useful information and resources on FGM. They have also set up a national FGM helpline. For more information about the FGM helpline click here.

Brent Safeguarding Partnerships FGM multi-agency training

Brent Safeguarding Children Partnership offers free training on FGM which is available to anyone who works with or supports children, young people or families in the London Borough of Brent.

To access the free training currently available click here

Brent FGM - 7 minute briefing

A FGM 7-minute briefing developed by partnership organisations in Brent (May 2021). To download this briefing click here

HM Government FGM Guidance & Resources

The Home Office co-ordinates efforts across government and offers outreach support to local areas. Click here to find out more information and access resources.

HM Government multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

The Government have developed multi-agency guidelines on FGM for those with statutory duties to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. Click here to access this guidance.

London Child Protection Procedures - FGM

The London Child Protection includes a section which summaries the responsibility of professionals and volunteers to intervene effectively to prevent the genital mutilation of girls and to support those who have been the victim of FGM. Click here to access the FGM section of the London Child Protection Procedures.

National FGM Centre - Assessment Tool (primarily for social worker use)

The National FGM Cetnre has created a tool for Social Workers to help guide the assessment of cases where FGM is a concern. Click here to access the assessment tool.

NHS FGM Support Clinics (National)

National FGM Support Clinics (NFGMSCs) are community-based clinics that offer a range of support services for women with female genital mutilation (FGM). Click here for more information.


FORWARD (Foundation for Women's Health Research and Development) is a support charity dedicated to advancing and safeguarding the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and women. They tackle female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and related rights of girls and young women. Click here to find out more about FORWARD.