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Female Genital Mutilation

Resources and guidance for professionals

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.

This Say No to FGM leaflet has been created for professionals in Bristol.


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 2023

Our FGM Referral Risk Assessment tool is currently under review but can be found here.

National Guidance

Home Office FGM Multi Agency Guidance

Home Office FGM Mandatory reporting guidance


Advice and Support

To see which services can support someone experiencing FGM, visit the Support for Bristol Residents page.