Summer holidays: keeping your girls safe from FGM

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FGM has been illegal in the UK since 1985. It is also illegal to take a British girl or habitual British resident to another country to have FGM done or to help arrange for FGM to be done to a girl. Anyone caught doing or arranging FGM will be sentenced to up to 14 years in prison and/or fined. As a parent or guardian you are responsible for protecting your children. It is important to understand what the law on FGM means and what will happen if you fail to protect your daughter from FGM. In the UK teachers, health professionals and the border police are all working to ensure that girls are not put at risk of FGM.

What can you do to ensure that your daughter is safe from FGM over the summer holiday?

  • Speak to your extended family to make sure they know about the UK law and the legal consequences doing FGM to your daughter will have for you
  • Share this leaflet with your family and friends
  • Discuss the risks of doing FGM with all family members to ensure they understand and are able to protect your daughter from FGM
  • Make sure you do not leave your daughter with people or in places where she may be at risk of FGM
  • Develop a plan with your daughter so that she understands what FGM is, that no one is allowed to do it to her and that she must come to you if she thinks she is at risk of FGM.