What can I do if I am worried a child is at risk?
Warning signs may include:
- Girls and women from practising FGM countries talking about holidays where they will ‘become a woman’ or ‘become just like my mum and sister’.
- Girls who have had FGM may avoid exercise, ask to go to the toilet more often, find it hard to sit still for long periods or may have further time off school.
If you are worried, you can contact the NSPCC FGM Helpline. It operates 24/7, and is staffed by specially trained counsellors who can offer advice, information, and assistance.
Phone : 0800 028 3550 (free of charge)
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Website : NSPCC FGM
If there is immediate risk or serious harm to a child, then please call the Police on 999.
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