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Honour Based Violence

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.

BSCB FGM Safeguarding Guidance 2017-2020

BSCB FGM Safeguarding Strategy 2017-2019

Home Office FGM Multi Agency Guidance

Home Office FGM Mandatory reporting guidance

FGM Referral Risk Assessment

Leaflets can also be found on the BAVA website


Forced Marriage

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

Forced Marriage briefing note