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FGM and Honour Based Violence

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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.

Local guidance 

These guidelines support the statutory guidance outlined in Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

FGM Safeguarding Guidance 2017-2020 

FGM Referral Risk Assessment

*Please note: the local KBSP guidance is currently under review

National guidance

Home Office FGM Multi Agency Guidance

Home Office FGM Mandatory reporting guidance


Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence

This briefing note about Forced marriage and Honour Based Violence contains information about the issues and directs towards available resources.

Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence briefing note


Further resources

Advice and resources about FGM, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence can be found on the BAVA (Bristol Against Violence and Abuse) website