Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) awareness

The long school holiday over the summer is known to be a time of increased risk for girls who may be subjected to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In response to this, the NHS is launching a new FGM awareness raising campaign. The campaign highlights the severe health implications of FGM for those living in UK who are members of communities affected by FGM.

The NHS is using TV advertising to directly reach out to communities with this message, producing a film and some short social media videos. The film features a roundtable table discussion led by Henry Bonsu, a well-known British African broadcaster, together with a panel of experts all speaking openly and candidly about FGM.  You can view the video, called ‘FGM: The Facts’ on NHS Choices or click here

The Pan Sussex Child Protection & Safeguarding Procedures Manual include a specific section on FGM (section 8.14), click here.

If you are concerned about a child in East Sussex call the SPOA (Single Point Of Advice) on 01323 464222

If a child is in immediate danger contact Sussex Police via 999.