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Female Genital Mutilation
FGM is a procedure where the female genital organs are injured or changed and there is no medical reason for this. It is frequently a very traumatic and violent act for the victim and can cause harm in many ways. The practice can cause severe pain and there may be immediate and/or long-term health consequences, including mental health problems, difficulties in childbirth, causing danger to the child and mother; and/or death.

The age at which FGM is carried out varies enormously according to the community.
The procedure may be carried out shortly after birth, during childhood or adolescence, just before marriage or during a woman’s first pregnancy.
A Guide to the Court Process - FGM Protection orders
An RCN resource for nursing and midwifery practice - Royal College of Nursing – School Nurses
Female genital mutilation - We are Equals
FGM Enhanced Dataset Implementation Summary for GP Practices - Health and Social Care Information Centre
LSCB Policies, Guidance and Protocols - Local Safeguarding Children Board (Suffolk)
Assessment Tool - National FGM Centre 
The Free course for FGM - E-learning 
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