Thousands of contacts to dedicated FGM helpline

Nearly 650 contacts about female genital mutilation (FGM) in 2018/19

Young girl wearing a PE kit in a school sports hallLatest figures show contacts to our FGM Helpline rose by 36% as figures leapt from 476 in 2017/18 to 645 last year.

Concerns that girls were about to undergo, or had suffered, the practice were reported by a wide range of people including teachers, doctors, relatives, members of the community and even a small number of people who have been subjected to FGM.

Since its launch in June 2013, our dedicated helpline has received 2,747 calls, with almost 1 in 5 concerns being so serious they were referred to external agencies1.

The rise in contacts could be due to greater awareness, better recognition in spotting the signs and confidence in voicing concerns.


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We're here to support you, no matter your worry. If you're worried a child is at risk of or has already had FGM, call our free, anonymous dedicated FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk.

"I am calling with concerns for a young child in my family who is due to go to Nigeria. There is a history of young females in my family having FGM and there will be pressures from the wider family to continue this practice. The views of the UK about FGM are dismissed in Nigeria and I am really worried about what will happen when she is there."
Call to the NSPCC FGM Helpline from a concerned relative

Kam Thandi, head of NSPCC Helpline, said:
“Those who subject their children to female genital mutilation may do so because of cultural norms or believe it will help improve their daughter’s preparation for marriage and womanhood. Yet it’s clear, from the lasting physical and emotional scars on the victims, that it endangers life.

“It takes a lot of courage to speak out knowing that those you love could be investigated, or you could be shunned, so it’s no surprise that female genital cutting is cloaked in secrecy. However, this is child abuse, it violates the rights of the child, and we need more people in communities to join forces to ensure this dangerous practice is ended once and for all.”

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References

  1. 1. The NSPCC's dedicated FGM helpline opening on June 24th 2013 and has received 2,747 contacts since then. 512 (19%) of these contacts resulted in a referral.