Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

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:


To view a full-size PDF version, please click on FGM Safeguarding under Pathways on right-hand side of this page.