FGM is practiced in 30 African countries, the Middle East and specific parts of Asia. FGM is a secretive practice as it is illegal in many countries, including the UK. It is a cultural rather than a religious practice and there are variations in the types of practice. FGM is generally not performed with the use of anaesthetic or in sterile conditions. It is a grave human rights violation with serious health consequences.
This Say No to FGM leaflet has been created for professionals in Bristol.
*Please note: the local KBSP guidance is currently under review
To see which services can support someone experiencing FGM, visit the Support for Bristol Residents page.