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Campaign launched to highlight harmful consequences of FGM

The Home Office has launched acampaign which highlights the harmful health consequences of FGM and signposts the NSPCC's 24 hour FGM helpline. The campaign will reinforce that the practice is illegal in the UK.

Responding to the launch, Cllr Simon Blackburn, Chair of the Safer and Stronger Communities Board at the Local Government Association, which runs the National FGM Centre in partnership with Barnardo's, said:

"Councils are determined to help stamp out FGM from our local communities, and work alongside police, the NHS and charities to make sure we do all we can to protect women and girls from this horrific form of abuse.

"We are pleased the Government has launched this campaign to raise awareness of FGM, which we urge to make use of the invaluable work of the National FGM Centre – a specialist resource that can work in communities across the country – to prevent FGM by working with families and communities to safeguard against this 'hidden crime' which can leave victims physically and mentally scarred for life."

For details of the campaign materials, click here.

7/10/18