Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an illegal, extremely harmful practice and a form of child abuse and violence against women and girls. It is defined as ‘the partial or total removal of external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. It's also known as female circumcision, cutting or sunna’. Despite some claims, there is no medical benefit to having the procedure and it can often cause severe damage to the girl’s mental and physical health.

For advice, support or to report FGM call the free 24 hour anonymous helpline on 0800 028 3550

For more information on how to spot the signs of FGM or protect those who may be at risk please visit www.nspcc.org.uk/fgm