LAMBETH CAMPAIGN AGAINST FGM – Warning signs to look for
The Lambeth Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Lambeth council are running a #LambethAgainstFGM campaign this summer; a time when girls may be taken abroad to have Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) performed on them.
“We encourage Lambeth children, caregivers, professionals and the public to talk to someone if they suspect there is a plan for a girl to undergo FGM. FGM is also known as female circumcision, cutting, sunna, ibi, bondo or tahoor” says a council spokesperson..
“FGM, female circumcision or ‘cutting’ may cause serious health and emotional consequences that last a lifetime.
“It is illegal under UK law – whether it happens in the UK, or a UK resident is taken abroad to be cut. “It is also a crime if you fail to protect a girl under 16 from FGM. Anyone found guilty of the offence faces a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.”
The council have issued a series of warnings of signs that a girl might be at risk of FGM:
- Her family belongs to a community in which FGM is practised and they are making preparations to take her on a prolonged holiday or planning absence from school.
- She or someone she knows may talk about her being taken “home” for a special visit:
- A party is being held in her honour; she is going to ‘become a woman’ or ‘get ready for marriage’; or a special procedure or ceremony is going to take place
- She may say a female family elder is coming especially to see herWhat you can do:
If you are concerned about yourself, someone else or if you are a parent who feels pressured:
If the risk is immediate, call 999.
Call the free 24 hour FGM helpline anonymously on 0800 028 3550 or firstname.lastname@example.org for advice, support or to report a concern (NSPCC)
Make a referral to Children’s Social Care on 020 7926 3100; if you are a professional please fill in the Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) and forward it email@example.com.
For further information please visit the LSCB website.
See what others are saying about the #LambethAgainstFGM campaign.
Download the Lambeth FGM leaflet (PDF 1.47mb).
Further reading: SOUTHWARK UNITES TO TACKLE FGM March 29th 2016
Source: Lambeth council’s Love Lambeth website. Written by: Lambeth Safeguarding Children’s Board (LSCB).