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Newly released FGM data

The Health & Social Care Information Centre publishes FGM Enhanced Dataset

The Health & Social Care Information Centre has published data collated from information which was collected by healthcare providers in England. These include acute hospital providers, mental health providers and GP practices.

The figures relate to national level English data for attendances during the quarter January to March 2016.

The data indicates that there were 1,242 newly recorded cases of FGM reported, with 2,223 total attendances where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken.

Other Key Facts:

• 81 NHS trusts and 12 GP practices submitted one or more FGM attendance record. Submission is mandatory for NHS acute and mental health trusts and GP practices.

• Almost all the information was submitted by NHS trusts. GP practices submitted just 2 % of newly recorded women and girls and 1 % of total attendances.

• More than half of all cases relate to women and girls from London NHS Commissioning Region: 52 % of newly recorded cases and 60 % of total attendances

• GP practices and NHS organisations were the most frequent type of referring organisations, accounting for 45 and 46 % of cases where FGM was reported.

• Where the FGM Type is known, Types 1 and 2 have the highest incidence (38 and 30 % respectively).

• In combination, Types 1, 2 and 3 covered 90 % of known FGM Types, with a relatively low incidence of the remaining categories.

• 29 girls under 18 at the time of their first attendance were reported, comprising 2 % of all newly recorded cases.

• Self-report was the most frequent method of FGM identification, accounting for 75 % of cases where the FGM identification method was known.

• 88 % of women and girls with a known country of birth were born in an Eastern, Northern or Western African country.

•  8 % of women and girls with a known country of birth were born in Asia (the majority from Western Asian countries, Iraq and the Yemen).

•  Somalia in Eastern Africa accounts for more than one third of all newly recorded women and girls with a known country of birth. Other countries with a large volume of cases include Eritrea in Eastern Africa, the Sudan in Northern Africa and Nigeria in Western Africa.

• 11 newly recorded cases of FGM involved women and girls reported to have been born in the United Kingdom.

• 84 % of women and girls with a known pregnancy status were pregnant at the point of attendance.

• 19 deinfibulation procedures were reported, occurring at 2 % of attendances where deinfibulation status was recorded.

For the report click here 

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