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Female genital mutilation

What is FGM?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as “all procedures which include the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

FGM is abuse of the human rights of girls and women and is therefore a child protection issue.

FGM is illegal in the UK and it is illegal to prepare, send or take a child to another country.

If you suspect that any girl in Rotherham is at risk of being subjected to any form of FGM you must take action to report it immediately by contacting either:

  • South Yorkshire Police, Rotherham Public Protection Unit on 0114 220 2020
  • Rotherham’s Children's Social Care Services, MASH on 01709 336080

See our procedures and guidance on FGM


There is a current Home Office Campaign aimed at tackling Female Genital Mutilation. A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of FGM.

To address this issue, the Home Office is championing a proactive approach and has launched a free online FGM training package for all professionals.

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