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FGM has been a criminal offence in the UK 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.

(source: nspcc)


It is illegal in the UK to perform or assist someone to perform FGM on herself either within or outside the UK. It is also illegal to assist a non-UK national or resident to perform FGM outside the UK on a UK national or resident. If you’re concerned that a child may be at risk or if you are under pressure to have FGM performed:
Contact
Milton Keynes Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)
Telephone: 01908 253169/70
Out-of-Hours: 01908 265545
Email: children@Milton-keynes.gov.uk
If a child is in immediate danger, contact Thames Valley Police
immediately on 101.

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Other helplines

You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you know a British national who’s already been taken abroad.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Telephone: 020 7008 1500
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 1500

If you’re abroad you can contact the nearest British embassy, commission or consulate.
If you or someone you know is at risk
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

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