If you SUSPECT that a child may be at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) or a child discloses that she has undergone FGM.  Regulated professionals must report it to the Police under the Mandatory Duty using the 101 non-emergency number

FGM support services

London:

Manor gardens

Manor Gardens has been looking after women’s health since   1913.  Through their Tackling FGM Project they aim to protect women and children’s rights by reducing the risk to girls undergoing genital mutilation in all its forms.

http://manorgardenscentre.org

Dahlia project

The Dahlia Project is the only specialist counselling service in Europe for women who have undergone Female Genital Mutilation, run by the Health Advocacy Service at Manor Gardens.

http://manorgardenscentre.org/our-services/health-advocacy/support-for-survivors-of-fgm/

National FGM Centre

The National FGM Centre is a partnership between Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association (LGA). It was established in 2015 to achieve a systems change in the provision of services for children and their families who are affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and support professionals working on cases. In 2017, the focus of our work was extended to include Breast Ironing/Flattening and Child Abuse Linked to Faith or Belief.

http://nationalfgmcentre.org.uk/ 

28Too Many

28 Too Many was established in 2010 to undertake research and provide knowledge and tools to those working to end FGM in the countries in Africa where it is practised and across the diaspora worldwide.

https://www.28toomany.org

FORWARD

FORWARD (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development) aims to transform lives, tackle discriminatory practices that affect the dignity and wellbeing of girls and women. Their focus is on female genital mutilation (FGM), child marriage and obstetric fistula.

http://forwarduk.org.uk/

African Advocacy Foundation

Africa Advocacy Foundation (AAF) is a registered charity founded in 1996.  AAF works with communities both in the UK and overseas who are affected by a range of issues including sexual and reproductive health, violence against women and girls, female genital mutilation (FGM) and mental health issues.

https://www.africadvocacy.org

The Orchid Project

The Orchid Project Advocate to ensure stakeholders resource and prioritise an end to FGC, communicate the potential to end FGC within a generation and raise awareness about how, why and where FGC happens and partner with organisations that deliver a sustainable, proven end to FGC.

https://orchidproject.org/

AFRUCA

AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse) is a UK charity, established in 2001 as by Modupe Debbie Ariyo OBE, as a platform for advocating for the rights and welfare of African Children. AFRUCA was set up in response to the deaths of African children in the UK such as Damilola Taylor, Jude Akapa, and Victoria Climbie who suffered abuse. AFRUCA works both nationally across the UK from two bases in London and Manchester, and internationally in partnership with agencies across Europe and in Africa. AFRUCA also rely heavily upon The 1989 United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child to form the basis of their work. The organisation’s stance is that culture and religion should not be a reason to abuse children.

https://www.afruca.org/

Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Rights Organisation

KMEWO aims to: Promote Kurdish and Middle Eastern women’s human rights and quality of life, help women recover from distress and suffering from past and present experiences of domestic abuse and honour-based violence. The organisation also advocate for women’s rights and to increase women’s opportunities for better education, employment and participation in wider British society.

They work with women suffering or at risk of domestic violence, forced marriage and honour based  violence and FGM.

http://www.kmewo.com/

Midaye Somali Development Network

Midaye is a charitable organisation based in west London that was established to address the needs of the local community. Midaye has been awarded a grant from the Department for Education to expand its work protecting women and girls from FGM in the UK.

We provide:

  • Somali and Arabic speaking community health advocates
  • access to specialist support services at FGM clinics
  • one to one emotional support
  • information and signposting service
  • access to other community-based specialist health services
  • FGM community forum events, this is a platform for community members to exchange information voice their concerns and be informed about the FGM law in UK

http://midaye.org.uk/

Manchester

Nestac-

SOS aims to support women (aged 21 and over), as well as their families, to respond and deal with psychosocial issues related to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the North-West of England.

Working in partnership with statutory and non-statutory agencies to better respond to FGM-related issues.

Working directly with FGM practicing communities living in Greater Manchester and across the North-West of England to raise awareness on the effects of FGM and to empower girls and women in becoming advocates who combat FGM.

Partnership with educational institutions, with an academic research element involving local universities in investigating psychological effects of FGM and on the best response for an appropriate culturally adapted therapeutic support.

http://www.nestac.org.uk/projects/vawg/

Liverpool

SAVERA UK

Savera UK works with Black Minority Ethnic communities to challenge attitudes towards domestic  abuse and harmful practices such as forced marriage, ‘honour’ based violence and female genital mutilation. Based in Liverpool.

http://www.saverauk.co.uk/

Granby Somali Women’s Group

Granby Somali Women’s Group has also received three-year funding for a project which will reduce the risk to girls and young women in the UK of undergoing genital mutilation in all its form. The project targets young women, families, parents, professionals, local schools, religious leaders, and community leaders, to change and challenge notions of FGM. The project will reach beneficiaries via holding group sessions, workshops, awareness consultations, open days, yearly events, and advisor group sessions

http://www.granbysomaliwomensgroup.org/

Bristol

Integrate UK

Integrate UK is a youth led charity that empowers young people to take an active and positive role in transforming the society they live in. Integrate Bristol empowers young people to participate equally in an integrated, cohesive and representative society and provides them with life changing experiences and opportunities.

https://integrateuk.org/what-we-do/

BAVA – Bristol Against Violence and Abuse

Working to end all types of violence and abuse against women and girls and to end domestic and sexual violence against men.

[email protected] 

Birmingham

Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWA)

Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid supports women and children affected by domestic violence, rape and sexual assault (including FGM). We believe that women and children have the right to live free from violence, abuse and fear.

https://bswaid.org/

Allies Network

Allies Network Ltd is a community organisation set up by women for women. They are dealing with a variety of issues faced by ethnic minority women to support a better wellbeing and assist life changes. They provide culturally sensitive support, advice and an advocacy services.

http://www.allies-network.com/

Coventry Haven

At Coventry Haven we support Women and their children experiencing all forms of domestic violence and abuse including Forced Marriage, honour-based violence and FGM (Female genital

mutilation). Coventry Haven believes that violence against women and girls is a gender-based issue, It is important that the work we do recognises and takes in to context the wider societal environment and gender discrimination.

www.coventryhaven.co.uk

Celestinecelest Community Organisation

The aim of Celestinecelest in Coventry is to raise awareness of female genital mutilation. Locally, nationally and internationally they are a vocal prosecutor for FGM. Celestinecelest has devoted its time, energy and resources towards advocating for people who have been misused, abused and politically under-represented. We work with women, children and families who have been affected by female genital mutilation and those who are at the risk of genital circumcision.

www.celestinecelest.org

ACCM (UK)

Non-Government Organisation working to Reaching Communities to improve the health, social and economic position of BME, asylum seekers, migrant and vulnerable communities

http://www.accmuk.com

Bolton Solidarity Community Association

BSCA developed an FGM project in February 2010 to initially support women and men from communities affected by FGM in Bolton. Project aims is to tackle the taboos and cultural myths that surround FGM as well as giving the survivors the confidence and opportunity to share their own stories in a safe environment. It also hopes to minimise the risks to girls by educating the community.

http://www.boltonbsca.com/

Oxford

Oxford Against Cutting

Oxford Against Cutting is a rights-based group working to help prevent female genital mutilation (FGM) of girls and women living in Oxfordshire. We believe in the personal integrity and dignity of the female body

https://www.oxfordagainstcutting.org/

Newcastle

Angelou Centre

Dedicated FGM project including individual support, awareness raising and the development of

community champions in the North East.

http://angelou-centre.org.uk/

Shine

SHINE initiated training sessions in order to explain the complex issues around Female Genital Mutilation. SHINE would also be keen to help professionals so that they can identify the signs that girls and women may be at risk or who are dealing with the consequences of FGM. SHINE also work to encourage groups to support and to protect girls and women at risk. SHINE have had a number of trainings sessions for male and female African groups.

Roya.rezaee@newcastle.gov.uk

Wales

BAWSO

Established in 1995, Bawso is an all Wales, Welsh Government Accredited Support Provider, delivering specialist services to people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds who are affected by domestic abuse and other forms of abuse, including Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage, Human Trafficking & Prostitution.

“Provide generic and specialist services including the provision of temporary accommodation in Wales for those suffering from domestic abuse and all forms of violence; including Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage, Honor Based Violence and

Human Trafficking.

http://www.bawso.org.uk

Scotland

Community InfoSource

Community InfoSource is a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company formed in Scotland in 2006. We are run by refugees or people from a refugee background and work for marginalised people including survivors of abuse, persecution, torture and trafficking. We assist them to overcome barriers they face to integration and employment and we help them to put their own ideas into action. Human Rights issues are of importance to us. At the Violence against Women Project we work in partnership with men from communities potentially affected by Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Scotland to raise awareness and prevent the practice of FGM. We are the first organisation working on FGM with men in Scotland

http://www.infosource.org.uk/