Female Genital Mutilation
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.
These guidelines will support the statutory guidance outlined in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children - 2015’ and the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.
Leaflets can also be found on the BAVA website
This briefing note about Forced marriage and Honour Based Violence contains information about the issues and directs towards available resources.