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Annual FGM statistics released

Local Government Association calls for renewal of National FGM Centre’s funding

There were 6,415 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified in the period April 2018 to March 2019.  These accounted for 11,575 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified. The latest figures are included in statistics released by NHS Digital.

The increase in total attendances during 2018-19 would appear to be a change in recording practice, as the number of distinct individuals has remained broadly stable.

There were 4,120 newly recorded women and girls in the period April 2018 to March 2019.  'Newly recorded' means this is the first time they have appeared in these statistics.  It does not indicate how recently their FGM was undertaken, nor does it mean that this is the woman or girl's first attendance for FGM. The number of newly recorded women and girls has reduced over time. This is to be expected as the longer the collection continues, the greater the chance of a women or girl having been recorded in it previously.

In response to the annual figures, Cllr Anita Lower, the Local Government Association's FGM lead spokesperson and Chair of the Advisory Board at the National FGM Centre, which the LGA runs in partnership with Barnardo's, said:

"There have now been more than 20,000 new cases of FGM identified over the past four years, which highlights the size of the challenge facing all agencies seeking an end to this form of abuse. 

"The essential work of the National FGM Centre represents a ready-made solution to help end FGM and prevent this abuse from happening in the first place, as well as offering support to victims and those at risk. But with future government funding of the Centre remaining uncertain, the FGM Centre could be forced to close, which along with children's services at a tipping point and cuts to councils' intervention services, could put young women and girls at greater risk of FGM.

 "This is why renewing the Centre's funding is crucial if the Government is to fulfil its pledge to end FGM in the UK by 2030."

For the full statistics, click here. For the National FGM Centre, click here.