The NHS Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) campaign launched on 9 July.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed, but where there’s no medical reason for this to be done.
It’s also known as “female circumcision” or “cutting”, and by other terms such as sunna, gudniin, halalays, tahur, megrez and khitan, among others.
FGM is usually carried out on young girls between infancy and the age of 15, most commonly before puberty starts. It is illegal in the UK and is child abuse.
Help and support is available if you’ve had FGM, or you’re worried that someone may be at risk.
If you’re concerned that someone may be at risk, contact the NSPCC helpline on 0800 028 3550 or [email protected] or, if someone is in immediate danger, contact the police.