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What is FGM?

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is defined as “all procedures which include the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
FGM is abuse of the human rights of girls and women and is therefore a child protection issue.
FGM is illegal in the UK and it is illegal to prepare, send or take a child to another country.
If you suspect that any girl in Swindon is at risk of being subjected to any form of FGM you must take action to report it immediately by contacting Family Contact Point.
Swindon LSCB has developed a strategy outlining the partnership approach to tackling FGM in Swindon.  Further information can be found here.

Swindon LSCB FGM Toolkit

Swindon LSCB has developed a toolkit for practitioners who may be working with women who are victims of FGM or children who may be at risk of FGM.  The toolkit includes:

 Swindon Multi Agency Guidance on FGM ​

 Swindon LSCB PowerPoint presentation on FGM (for use in training)

 FGM Facts and Figures Poster

Swindon LSCB has developed a pocket guide giving key information on FGM.  Copies can be obtained free of charge by contacting the LSCB on

Other FGM resources

The government FGM webpages are available at, and an email address has been set up at for anyone with concerns or questions about FGM. National Statutory Guidance can be found at​​


​​The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published a clinical handbook on the care of girls and women living with female genital mutilation (FGM). The Handbook offers advice on how to: communicate effectively and sensitively with girls who have developed health issues due to FGM; work with patients and families to prevent the practice of FGM; and identify when and where to refer patients who need additional support and care. 


Local training in FGM is available from Swindon LSCB and the Home Office have issued free online training.  Please see LSCB training pages for more information.

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