FGM is child abuse and it is against the law. FGM stands for Female Genital Mutilation. FGM comprises all procedures that involve partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
At Kingswood Secondary Academy we believe that all our pupils should be kept safe from harm. Female Genital Mutilation affects girls particularly from north African countries, including Egypt, Sudan, Somalia and Sierra Leone. Although our school has few children from these backgrounds and consider girls in our school safe from FGM, we will continue to review our policy annually.
‘It is illegal in the United Kingdom to allow girls to undergo female genital mutilation either in this country or abroad. People guilty of allowing FGM to take place are punished by fines and up to fourteen years in prison.
‘At Kingswood Secondary Academy we have a duty to report concerns we have about girls at risk of FGM to the police and social services.’
If you suspect a child or woman has experienced FGM you must report your concerns so appropriate support and action can be taken.
If you think a child may be at risk there are steps you can take to help protect them and prevent them from experiencing FGM.
If you think that a child may be at risk of female genital mutilation or if you suspect that FGM has already happened, even if it's not recently, you must seek help and advice.