The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines female genital mutilation as comprising all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.


The National FGM Centre is a partnership between Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association (LGA) to achieve a systems change in the provision of services for girls and women affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). Funded initially by the Department of Education as part of its Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme, the Centre works closely with key partners from Local Authorities, Health, Education, Police, and the voluntary sector to achieve its vision and aims.



Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK and has been a criminal offence since 1985. In 2003 it also became a criminal offence for UK nationals or permanent UK residents to take their child abroad to have female genital mutilation.


Anyone found guilty of the offence faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.



If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of FGM, contact the police.


Contact the NSPCC anonymously if you’re worried that a girl or young woman is at risk or is a victim of FGM.


 NSPCC FGM Helpline

 Email: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

 Telephone: 0800 028 3550

 From overseas: +44 (0)800 028 3550


For more information visit the National FGM Centre here http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/