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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) / Breast Ironing

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. It has no health benefits and harms girls and women in many ways.

FGM is child abuse and a form of violence against women and girls, and therefore should be dealt with as part of existing child and adult safeguarding/protection structures, policies and procedures.

To view the Female Genital Mutilation Procedures please click here.

To view the Fact Sheet on mandatory reporting of FGM please click here.

Breast Ironing

Much like FGM, Breast Ironing is a harmful cultural practice and is child abuse.  Professionals working with children and young people must be able to identify the signs and symptoms of girls who are at risk of or have undergone breast ironing. Similarly to FGM, breast ironing is classified as physical abuse therefore professionals must follow their Local Safeguarding Children's Board Procedures.

For more information on Breast Ironing please click here.