Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 makes it a criminal offence for UK national or permanent residents to mutilate or to help carry out FGM both here and abroad. After 31 October 2015, there were two important changes relevant to general practice regarding FGM:
The FGM Learning Tool can be acessed through the RCPCH.
See the FGM Safeguarding pathway on the right.
In Camden, there are specialist services for the complications resulting from FGM for women and children. The safeguarding services are fully trained to support on these issues.