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Professional resources

Professional resources related to female genital mutilation

Guidance and resources to support nurses, midwives, nursing associates and related health care professionals.

The RCN has published guidance and pathways to support different aspects around FGM.

FGM legislation

England, Wales and Northern Ireland

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, FGM is illegal under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 and in Scotland it is illegal under the Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Act 2005. The legislation in England and Wales was strengthened by the Serious Crime Act (2015) to better support those at risk. See also: Female Genital Mutilation
An RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice

Through the Serious Crime Act 2015 as well as the Mandatory Duty to Report to the police in England and Wales, there are other important additions to strengthen the protection of those at risk of FGM, including Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order (FGMPO), Offence of failing to protect a girl from risk of FGM, and Anonymity of victims of FGM.


The Scottish Government has the following information on FGM:

The Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill is also in progress (2020), see: New law to prevent female genital mutilation.


Further resources

FGM Call to action

A Call to Act to end FGM

FGM films

NHS England has released six scenario-based animations which help explore how and when questions would and would not be asked about FGM in community health care settings, as a girl grows up. View the animations.

Watch 5 films developed by the Royal College of Midwives in collaboration with a range of Royal Colleges and survivors:

See more FGM related videos: #EndFGM

Page last updated - 15/01/2022