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Launch of helpline for girls in danger of FGM

A new Female Genital Mutilation Helpline was launched on Monday 24 June 2013 as a UK-wide service.  It will operate 24/7, and will be staffed by specially trained child protection helpline counsellors who can offer advice, information, and assistance to members of the public and to professionals.  Counsellors will also be able to make referrals, as appropriate, to statutory agencies and other services.

The helpline can be contacted on:

0800 028 3550 and emails sent to
fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk

The aim of this specialist helpline is to improve the safeguarding of children in the UK by increasing the detection and protection of children at risk or who have become victims of female genital mutilation.  It will also facilitate, as necessary, the sharing of information with police and relevant agencies so that intelligence can be gathered and appropriate action taken against those who facilitate female genital mutilation against children.   It will work in the same way as the main NSPCC helpline.