The United Kingdom introduced its most recent ban on female genital mutilation in 1985. This page explains how the victims, or those at risk, can get help and support with FGM.
FGM UK LAW: Female genital mutilation is an illegal activity in the United Kingdom. The country outlaws all grievous bodily harm.
It is often abbreviated to FGM. But, some people refer to it as 'female genital cutting' or a form of 'female circumcision'.
UK FGM law is very strict. Besides being illegal to perform female genital mutilation, it is also against the law to:
Note: Carrying out FGM, or helping it to take place, can result in a prison sentence of fourteen (14) years.
If you, or anyone else that you know, are in immediate danger of FGM you should contact the police emergency phone number. If you know of any British national taken overseas for FGM activities you should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Telephone: 020 7008 1500
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 1500
List of national phone call charges.
You can contact the nearest British embassy, commission, or consulate if you are already overseas. The GOV.UK website has the full list of worldwide organisations.
The NSPCC is the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. They welcome anonymous contact from young people who are in danger. Contact the NSPCC if you have concerns that a girl or a young woman is either at risk or is a victim of FGM.
NSPCC FGM Helpline
Telephone: 0800 028 3550
From overseas: +44 (0)800 028 3550
You can contact your GP if you feel pressured to have FGM performed on yourself or on your daughter. Help and advice about female genital mutilation is also available from several specialist organisations, including:
The Safeguarding Children Board is part of the council authority in most areas around the United Kingdom. You can contact your local council for further information.
Note: You can apply to get a female genital mutilation protection order from the court. The court action can keep you or someone you know safe from FGM.
Female Genital Mutilations Law in the United Kingdom