Female genital mutilation (FGM)
Useful information and links for health professionals and travellers about Female Genital Mutilation
- The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that more than 200 million girls and women worldwide have been affected by female genital mutilation (FGM).
- FGM has no health benefits. It can lead to immediate health risks, as well as long-term complications to women's physical, mental and sexual health and wellbeing.
- Children born in the UK may be at risk of FGM if they travel with their families to visit friends and relatives in countries where this practice occurs.
- In the United Kingdon (UK) it is against the law to perform FGM or to take girls and young women living in the UK abroad for FGM.
- UK health professionals have a legal duty to report if they discover FGM has already taken place or if a child is believed to be at risk of FGM. Failure to do this can result in disciplinary procedures through the appropriate health professional regulatory body under "Fitness to Practise" proceedings.
- Department of Health and Social Care. FGM mandatory reporting in healthcare
- HM Government. Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation
- Home Office: Female genital mutilation: resource pack
- Office for Health Improvement and Disparities: Female genital mutilation (FGM): migrant health guide
- Royal College of Nursing: FGM guidance for travel health services
- Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, Faculty of Travel Medicine: FGM eLearning module
- World Health Organization: Female genital mutilation
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