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Multi Agency Statutory Guidance on Female Genital Mutilation

Multi_Agency_Statutory_Guidance_on_FGM__-_FINALNew statutory multi-agency guidance on FGM was published on 1 April 2016.

This multi-agency guidance on female genital mutilation (FGM) should be read and followed by all persons and bodies in England and Wales who are under statutory duties to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. It replaces female genital mutilation: guidelines to protect children and women (2014).

This guidance should be considered together with other relevant safeguarding guidance, including (but not limited to):

It is not intended to replace wider safeguarding guidance, but to provide additional advice on FGM.

The information in this guidance may also be relevant to bodies working with women and girls at risk of FGM or dealing with its consequences.

If you have any questions about the guidance, please do not hesitate to get in touch at

We have included a link to this guidance in our Procedures section, under ‘Policies, Guidance and Protocols’, and then scroll down to the Safeguarding Children at Risk of Abuse through Female Genital Mutilation section.

You may also be interested to see the Government’s new violence against women and girls strategy which was published on 8 March 2016.

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