Female Genital Mutilation

Stephanie Whitelaw, Designated Nurse for Safeguarding Children & Young People is the Trafford lead for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) email: stephanie.whitelaw@nhs.net

What is Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)?

Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting, is defined by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as “all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”.

What you must do

If you are a professional and worried about someone who is at risk of FGM you have a responsibility to inform children’s social care, which in Trafford is the Multi Agency Referral and Assessment Team (0161 912 5124).

From October 2015 it became law to report to the police any known cases of FGM. Please see the Mandatory Reporting of FGM factsheet below.

FGM guidance, procedures and information

Other organisations that can help are:

NSPCC
Helpline: 0808 800 5000
Website: www.nspcc.org.uk

NESTAC
The New Step for African Community (NESTAC) is a non-profit organisation (registered charity), established to support Africans and immigrants, particularly those living in the North West of England.
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