Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

FGM is illegal in the U.K. It is NOT required by any religion. It is a cultural choice that parents, grand parents and carers make.

Teachers are required by law to report to the police where they discover that FGM appears to have been carried out, or is likely to be carried out, on any girl under the age of 18.

FGM – Female Genital Mutilation.

Also known as ‘female circumcision’, 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.

Risk factors include:

  • Coming from a community that is less integrated into British society
  • Parents stating that they or a relative will take the child out of the country for a prolonged period
  • A girl talking about a long holiday to a country where FGM is prevalent
  • Parents seeking to withdraw their children from learning about FGM, or from PSHE.


All PLC staff have received training to recognise these signs and how to respond appropriately and systems are in place to fully support students who are victims of FGM

Additional advice can be found at:   www.childline.org.uk/info-advice/bullying-abuse-safety/abuse-safety/female-circumcision-fgm-cutting/