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FGM concerns reported to charity helpline more than once a day

Release Date: 17 Feb 2017

A children’s charity helpline is receiving a report about possible female genital mutilation every day, figures reveal.

Statistics show between June 2013 and last month there were 1,564 calls logged about the topic. It means people are wanting  to discuss their concerns on average more than once a day.

Barnardo's, in partnership with the Local Government Association, runs the National FGM Centre.

The Centre’s Director, Michelle Lee-Izu said:

Barnardo’s views the often hidden practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) as a severe form of child abuse and violence against girls and young women.  

FGM happens everywhere in the UK. A lack of knowledge and confidence among professionals has stalled successful prosecutions, despite the practice being illegal in the UK for more than thirty years.

Our ambition is to transform the way FGM is tackled. This involves drawing together best practice and developing new ways of working across professional groups, and where possible, engage with parents and communities and be part of long term change to safeguard girls.

For more information, please call Barnardo's national media team on 0208 498 7555

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