Female genital mutilation involves procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. This practice is medically unnecessary, extremely painful and has serious health consequences, both at the time when the mutilation is carried out and in later life.
The World Health Organisation has classified FGM into four types and estimate that approximately 6000 women and girls worldwide are subjected to this practice every day. This deeply rooted tradition is widely practiced mainly among specific ethnic populations in Africa and parts of the Middle East and Asia. FGM has also been documented in Iraq, Israel, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, the Occupied Palestinian Territories, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan.
The National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland 2014 states: – Female genital mutilation should always be seen as a cause of significant harm and normal child protection procedures should be invoked
Aberdeenshire Local FGM Guidelines
National FGM Guidelines
- Female Genital Mutilation – The Facts (leaflet) (pdf 410kb)
- The Scottish Government Statement Opposing Female Genital Mutilation (pdf 533kb)
- Female genital mutilation (World Health Organisation factsheet)
- Home Office FGM Training Resources, E-Learning
- FGM SG statement [ARABIC] (docx 124kb)
- FGM SG statement [FRENCH] (docx 128kb)
- FGM SG statement [SOMALI] (docx 122kb)
- FGM SG statement [SWAHILI] (docx 140kb)
For further information visit www.fgmaware.org