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Female genital mutilation (FGM)

Stop FGMFemale Genital Mutilation (FGM) is when some or all of a girl's private parts are removed or altered.

FGM can happen at different times in a girl or woman's life, including:

  • when a baby is new-born
  • during childhood or as a teenager
  • just before marriage
  • during pregnancy

FGM is abuse, and it's illegal in the UK.

Watch this short video that raises FGM awareness amongst primary school-aged children:

My Body, My Rules: FGM animation

The effects of FGM

This short video follows a 12-year-old's struggle between family honour and FGM facts:

Think again: The film

Help and support

If you're worried about or have experienced FGM, there are several helplines, including Childline. Their 0800 1111 is free and confidential. 

The NSPCC also have a free helpline. You can contact them by calling 0800 028 3550 or emailing fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk.

Web app

Petals have developed an App for you to download, should you wish to know more about FGM.

Useful websites

FORWARD Youth - helpful advice on FGM

National FGM Centre