Female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision or female genital cutting, is illegal in the UK and is a form of child abuse.
There are no health benefits and it harms women’s health in many ways. It involves removing healthy female genital tissue, and interferes with the natural function of the female body.
If you think a child is at risk
If you believe a child is at risk of FGM you should contact:
- Bristol’s First Response on on 0117 903 6444.
- South Gloucestershire’s Access and response Team on 01454 866000.
- North Somerset’s Child Protection Team on 01275 888808.
- the police on 101.
- Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Health professionals have a mandatory duty to report any case of FGM they see to the police and social care. If you are a health professional, you can use the Department of health Risk assessment template to support your assessment.
Bristol Community Rose Clinic
The Bristol Community Rose Clinic is a community-based service that provides specialist care and support for Bristol women who are experiencing problems because of FGM.
It is staffed by female doctors and nurses who understand the sensitive and complex issues surrounding FGM, and the helpline and appointments are confidential. Translation is available on request.
To book an appointment, call 07813 016 911 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a secure email and confidential line where you can leave your contact details.
The below video highlights the work of the Bristol Community Rose Clinic and listens to a patient's experience of using the clinic. Visit our YouTube channel to watch the video with Arabic subtitles.
Bristol Against Violence and Abuse
Bristol Against Violence and Abuse (BAVA) is a collection of people and organisations in Bristol working to end all types of violence and abuse against women and girls, and domestic and sexual violence against men.
For 24/7 advice on female genital mutilation, call the NSPCC FGM helpline, run by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
This service is free, anonymous and confidential.
Call 0800 028 3550
Text helpline: 88858