The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK is difficult to estimate because of the hidden nature of the crime. However the World Health Organisation estimates that over 20,000 girls under the age of 15 in the UK are at risk of FGM each year.
FGM is practiced in over 28 countries in Africa, some in the Middle East and Asia, but as communities are now migrating, it is becoming a growing concern in Greater Manchester as we welcome people from these communities.
We see it as abuse, but female genital mutilation, sometimes known as ‘female genital cutting’ or female circumcision is seen by many as essential to preserve a girl’s purity and honour.
Greater Manchester’s FGM forum has recently updated its FGM info leaflet and you can access it here.
If you are worried that someone you know or work with may be at risk you can also access our local policy here