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)
- Sierra Leonean
The free 24-hour helpline on 0800 028 3550 and dedicated email address firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The NSPCC taking on the issue of female genital mutilation is progress; Proof that this issue is moving into the mainstream agenda.
Julia Lalla-Maharajh from the Orchid Project which works to end the practice of FGM argues that more needs to be done to protect women.