FGM (Female Genital Mutilation)
At Colegrave Primary School, we are dedicated to raising awareness about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and ensuring the safety and well-being of our students. FGM is a harmful practice that affects young girls between infancy and 15 years of age. In the UK, FGM is classified as a form of child abuse, making it a serious child protection concern.
FGM involves procedures carried out on young girls, often without their consent, which can have severe physical and psychological consequences. It is not only illegal but also a violation of human rights to perform FGM in the UK or arrange for a child to undergo the procedure abroad. Those found guilty of carrying out or assisting in FGM can face a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
Support and Reporting
If you suspect that a girl or young woman is at risk of FGM and is currently in the UK, please contact the Police immediately. If she has already been taken abroad for the procedure, get in touch with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office at 020 7008 1500.
For support and guidance, you can contact the Newham FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) Prevention Service at 0845 451 2547.
We encourage parents and carers to explore the following online resources for information and support:
Daughters of Eve: This website raises awareness about FGM and provides links to supportive services.
NSPCC FGM Information: The NSPCC offers detailed advice on recognising the signs, symptoms, and effects of FGM. They also provide support for those concerned about a child's safety or individuals who have been affected.
NSPCC FGM Helpline: Call 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for free and anonymous assistance.
Colegrave Primary School is committed to protecting our pupils and raising awareness about FGM. By understanding the signs, consequences, and legal implications of FGM, we can work together to ensure the safety and well-being of all children.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding FGM, please do not hesitate to reach out. Your vigilance and support are crucial in preventing this harmful practice.