The Department for Education’s Keeping Children Safe in Education explains that FGM comprises “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs”.
FGM is illegal in the UK and a form of child abuse with long-lasting, harmful consequences. It is also known as ‘female genital cutting’, ‘circumcision’ or ‘initiation’.
Any teacher who discovers (either through disclosure by the victim or visual evidence) that an act of FGM appears to have been carried out on a pupil under 18 must immediately report this to the police, personally. This is a statutory duty, and teachers will face disciplinary sanctions for failing to meet it.
FGM - Female Genital Mutilation Indicators:
- Child's family comes from community known to practice FGM
- Child may talk about special or long holiday to country where practice is prevalent
- Child may confide that she is to have a special procedure or attend a special occasion
FGM Helpline: 0800 028 3550 firstname.lastname@example.org