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FGM Mandatory Reporting Procedural Information

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is child abuse and is against the law. It is not only illegal in the UK, it is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad to perform the procedure. FGM is any procedure that alters or injures a girl or woman’s genital organs for non-medical reasons.

FGM is usually carried out between infancy and 15 years of age, and may affect pupils in our school.  The Oxford Academy staff have been trained to recognise the risk factors involved and will contact the necessary authorities if we believe that a child is a risk.

FGM occurs mainly in Africa and to a lesser extent, in the Middle East and Asia.  Although it is believed by many to be a religious issue, it is a cultural practice.  There are no health benefits.  Communities particularly affected by FGM in the UK include girls from: Somalia, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Egypt, Nigeria, Eritrea, Yemen, Indonesia and Afghanistan.

The female genital mutilation (FGM) mandatory reporting duty, which requires teachers, social workers and health professionals to report 'known' cases of FGM to the police, came into force as of 31 October 2015.

If parents wish to find out more information about FGM then the NSPCC has a well-informed section on their website (link below). In addition the NSPCC has a 24-hour telephone helpline – 0800 0283550 – for anyone who has concerns that a young person is at risk.

Visit the NSPCC website

View Home Office guide to mandatory reporting of FGM

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