[PDF] Female genital mutilation : caring for patients and safeguarding children

British Medical Association - BMA
British Medical Association (BMA)
Publication date:
13 July 2011


This publication gives an overview of the the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) and the important ethical and physical motivations and risks involved. Data and statistics about the prevelance and distribution of FGM in the UK are provided, followed by the guidance for UK doctors. The guidance covers:

  • Girls at risk of female genital mutilation
  • Girls being taken abroad for genital mutilation
  • Child protection
  • Requests for female genital mutilation
  • Reversal
  • Services for patients
  • Asylum seekers
  • An inter-agency approach