New help for mutilation victims

A new helpline is being launched by the NSPCC to help girls at risk of suffering female genital mutilation in the UK. The charity along with the Metropolitan Police and the Royal College of Midwives are to combat what they call an abusive practice.

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Over 20,000 at risk of mutilation in UK communities

More than 20,000 girls in England and Wales have been deemed of risk of mutilation, according to the NSPCC, as they unveil a new helpline to support victims.

According to the charity, people from the following communities are most at risk of female genital mutilation in the UK:

  • Bohra-Dawoodi (Pakistani and Indian)
  • Egyptian
  • Eritrean
  • Ethiopian
  • Ghanaian
  • Indonesian
  • Kenyan
  • Kurdish
  • Nigerian
  • Sierra Leonean
  • Somali
  • Sudanese
  • Tanzanian
  • Yemeni

The free 24-hour helpline on 0800 028 3550 and dedicated email address fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk is aimed at anyone concerned that a child's welfare is at risk because of FGM and wanting advice, information or support, the charity said.

New help for mutilation victims welcomed

NSPCC to launch new helpline for mutilation victims. Credit: ITV News

The Royal College of Midwives has welcomed a new service for victims of female genital mutilation in the UK. The new helpline is being launched by the NSPCC to help girls at risk of suffering FGM.

Janet Fyle, professional policy adviser at the Royal College of Midwives said:

"FGM is child abuse and we want midwives and other health workers, who are on the frontline of safeguarding and protecting girls and young women, to seek information and advice if they are concerned about a young girl or child".

Mutilation 'cannot be disguised as part of any culture'

Those responsible for committing female genital mutilation will be brought to justice, the Metropolitan Police said, as part of a new scheme aimed at supporting victims of the crime.

Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, of Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said:

This practice cannot be disguised as being part of any culture, it is child abuse and offenders will be relentlessly pursued.

Victims of mutilation 'hidden behind wall of silence'

Young victims of mutilation can be left in agony and with physical and psychological problems that can continue into adulthood, a charity has said, as it launches a new helpline to support girls at risk.

NSPCC launches new helpline for victims of mutilation in the UK. Credit: PA

Lisa Harker, the NSPCC's head of strategy, said: "The UK's child victims of female genital mutilation are hidden behind a wall of silence.

"Children who are at risk or victims of female genital mutilation often don't even know it is abusive and harmful because it is done at the request of their family.

"There is also a huge pressure within these communities to keep quiet about female genital mutilation, with some people even being threatened with violence if they speak out".

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NSPCC to launch new helpline for mutilation victims

A new helpline is being launched to help girls at risk of suffering female genital mutilation in the UK.

The NSPCC with the support of the Metropolitan Police and the Royal College of Midwives have said they will tackle what they call an abusive practice carried out on young girls and even babies.

More than 70 women and girls in the UK are seeking treatment every month for problems linked to FGM, the charity warned, saying the 1,700 victims referred to specialist clinics in the last two years were likely to be a fraction of the total affected by the practice.