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Female Genital Mutilation


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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), is sometimes referred to as 'female genital cutting.' FGM is defined as the range of procedures which involve 'the partial or complete removal' of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs whether for cultural or any other non-therapeutic reason.  There are four types.

FGM is Illegal - FGM is prohibited by law in the UK.  It is also against the law to take girls abroad to have the procedure.  However more than 20 000 girls under the age of 15 are at risk of FGM. Girls may be at particular risk of FGM during school summer holidays as families may take their children abroad for the procedure.

Physical Impact - The severity of the physical problem may vary depending on the type of FGM undergone and can include severe bleeding and death.  Other long term problems include; severe pain, difficulty passing urine, urinary infections, problems menstruating, vaginal infections, pain during sex and complications during child birth.

Mental Health Problems - As FGM is generally performed on pre-pubescent and adolescent girls, usually without anaesthetics and with instruments such as razor blades, the emotional and psychological shock is huge.

If you or someone you know is at risk of FGM - talk to someone you trust, maybe a teacher or a school nurse. You could also contact the police.  They will all be able to help protect you. If you are concerned that a citizen in Britain may be taken overseas ‚Ä®for the purpose of FGM, call the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 0207 008 1500 or email fgm@fco.gov.uk

If you have had FGM - You can seek medical advice and help from specialist health services. There are 15 specialist clinics around the UK and in some of these you can have a reversal procedure. Contact details of hospitals and clinics in the UK offering Specialist FGM  health services can be found at: http://www.forwarduk.org.uk/resources/support/well-woman-clinics
 
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ACCM UK
Phone:01234 356 910  Looks at the wider issues that affect minority and other vulnerable communities including tackling health, social and economic inequalities at a local level in Bedford and surrounding areas. Is committed to eliminating of all harmful traditional and discriminatory practices such as female genital mutilation forced  marriage.
Email:info@accmuk.com 
Website:www.accmuk.com 
Address:1st Floor, 3A Woburn Road, Bedford, MK40 1EG. 
Acton African Well Women Centre
Phone: 0208 383 8716 / 0208 383 8712 / 07730 970738  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Mon, Tue, Thurs: 8:30am - 6:30pm
Wed: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 8:00pm
Email:Juliet.albert@nhs.net / Hayat.arteh@nhs.net 
Website: 
Address:Acton Health Centre, 35 - 61 Church Road, London, W3 8QE. 
African Well Women's Clinic
Phone:0207 188 6872 / 07956 542 576  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Mon to Fri (9am - 4pm)
Email:comfort.momoh@gstt.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:Guy's & St. Thomas's Hospital, 8th Floor c/o Antenatal Clinic, Lambeth Palace Road, London, SE1 7EH. 
African Well Women's Clinic
Phone:0207 288 3482 ext. 5954 / 0795 625 7992  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Last Wed of every month (9am - 5pm)
Email:joy.clarke@whittington.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:Whittington Hospital, Level 5, Highgate Hill London, N19 5NF. 
African Women's Clinic
Phone:0845 155 5000  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Mondays (2pm - 5pm)
Email:maligaye.bikoo@uclh.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:University College Hospital, Clinic 3 - Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Wing, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BU. 
AFRUCA (Manchester Office)
Phone:0161 205 9274 Africans Unite against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) was established in May 2001 as a platform for advocating for the rights and welfare of African children in the UK. Has a presence in two UK cities (London and Manchester) and projects working with children, young people and families across London and in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford. 
Email:info@afruca.org 
Website:www.afruca.org 
Address:Phoenix Mill, 20 Piercy Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 7HY. 
AFRUCA (London Office)
Phone:0207 704 2261 Africans Unite against Child Abuse (AFRUCA) was established in May 2001 as a platform for advocating for the rights and welfare of African children in the UK. Has a presence in two UK cities (London and Manchester) and projects working with children, young people and families across London and in Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield and Bradford. 
Email:info@afruca.org 
Website:www.afruca.org 
Address:Unit 3D/F, Leroy House, 436 Essex Road, London, N1 3QP. 
Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid
Phone:0808 800 0028  Supporting women and children affected by domestic violence, rape and sexual assault. Also have an FGM project.
Email: 
Website:www.bswaid.org 
Address:Ryland House 44-48 - Bristol Street Birmingham B5 7AA  
Black Association of Women Step Out (BAWSO)
Phone:029 20644 633 / 0800 7318147 (24 hr helpline)  Provide generic and specialist services including the provision of temporary accommodation in Wales for those suffering from domestic abuse and all forms of violence; including Female Genital Mutilation, Forced Marriage, Honor Based Violence and Human Trafficking.
Email:Info@bawso.org.uk 
Website:www.bawso.org.uk 
Address:9 Cathedral Road Cardiff CF11 9HA 
Black Women's Health & Family Support
Phone:0208 980 3503  Charity based in Tower Hamlets working with Somali and other African women on a range of issues including FGM.
Email: 
Website: 
Address:1st Floor, 82 Russia Lane, London, E2 9LU. 
Bolton Solidarity Community Association
Phone:  Self-help voluntary organisation that has been set up to tackle and reduce the problems facing  the Sudanese, Somali, Oromo and Eritrean communities (amongst others) and with new and emerging communities in Bolton.

Email: 
Website:www.boltonbsca.com 
Address: 
British Somali Community
Phone:0207 3832803 A woman led Refugee Community Organisation set up by and for members of the Somali Community in Camden, some of the poorest and most disadvantaged residents of the borough. It seeks to make a significant improvement in their lives by addressing the educational and recreational needs of Somali children and young people and the health and training needs Somali women and the Somali elderly. 
Email:info@britishsomali.org 
Website:www.britishsomali.org 
Address:7-9 Crowndale Road, London NW1 1TU 
Daughters of Eve
Phone:07983030488 Works to advance and protect the physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health rights of  young people from female genital mutilation practising communities.
Email: 
Website:www.dofeve.org 
Address: 
FORWARD
Phone:020 8960 4000 Exist to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights as central to the wellbeing of African women and girls. We work with individuals, communities and organisations to transform harmful practices and improve the quality of life of vulnerable girls and women.
Email: 
Website:www.forwarduk.org.uk 
Address:Suite 2.1, Chandelier Building, 2nd Floor, 8 Scrubs Lane, London, NW10.  
Granby Somali Women's Group
Phone:0151 727 1008  Working on a number of activities and services for Somali women and children including a project to reduce the risk to girls and young women in the UK of undergoing genital mutilation in all its form. The project targets young women, families, parents, professionals, local schools, religious leaders, and community leaders, in order to change and challenge notions of FGM.
Email:contact@granbysomaliwomensgroup.org 
Website:www.granbysomaliwomensgroup.org 
Address:12 Beaconsfield Street Liverpool L8 2UU  
Gynecology & Midwifery Department
Phone:0207 886 6691 or 0207 886 1443 or contact the helpline on 0203 312 6135  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times: 9am to 5pm
Email:foong.han@imperial.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:St. Mary's Hospital, Praed Street, London, W1 1NY.  
Integrate Bristol
Phone:0800 028 3550 A charity formed to help with the integration of young people and children who have arrived from other countries and cultures. Much of the work involves supporting those in the community who are bravely trying to eradicate the harmful practice of FGM through various educational and creative projects.
Email:info@integratebristol.org.uk 
Website:www.integratebristol.org.uk 
Address: 
Labour Ward
Phone:0115 969 1169 ext 55124 / 55127 Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Mon (1pm - 5pm)
Tues (9pm - 12pm)
Email:Carol.mccormick@nuh.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:City Campus, Nottingham University Hospitals, Hucknall Road, Nottingham, NG5 1PB. 
Manor Gardens Centre
Phone:020 7561 5263  Run a number of project including a health advocacy services that cover FGM to reduce the risk of girls undergoing FGM through community workshops and safeguarding training (part of the FGM Special Initiative) and helping FGM survivors to talk freely about and come to terms with what has happened to them through group and individual therapy (part of the The Dahlia Project pilot).
Email:leyla@​manorgardenscentre.​org 
Website:www.manorgardenscentre.org 
Address: 6-9 Manor Gardens, Islington London N7 6LA 
Maya Centre (Counselling for Women)
Phone:0207 272 0995 Provides long term counselling and psychological support to some of the most vulnerable women in our community. Also run the Dahlia Project, which is is a support grocp for women who have undergone female genital mutilation/ female Circumcision (FGM). The project aims to provide a safe space for women to unpack the effects of FGM.
Email:admin@mayacentre.org.uk 
Website:www.mayacentre.org.uk 
Address: 
Minority Ethnic Women's & Girl's Clinic
Phone:0117 902 7111 / 0117 902 7100  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Drop-In Last Wed of every month
(9:30am - 12pm)
Email: 
Website: 
Address:Charlotte Keel Health Centre, Seymour Road, Easton, Bristol, BS5 OUA.  
Multi-Cultural Antenatal Clinic
Phone:  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Mon to Fri (8.30am - 4.30pm)
Email:barbara.valjelo@lwh.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:Liverpool Women's Hospital, Crown Street, Liverpool, L8 7SS.  
NESTAC
Phone:01706 868993 Established to support Africans and immigrants, particularly those living in the North West of England.
Email: 
Website:www.nestac.org 
Address:237 Newstead, Lower Falinge, Rochdale, OL12 6RQ. 
NSPCC FGM Helpline
Phone:0800 028 3550 Call the FGM helpline if you're worried a child is at risk of, or has had, FGM. It's free, anonymous and here 24/7.
Email:fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk 
Website: 
Address: 
Ocean Somali Community Association
Phone:020 7987 5833 Provide free confidential advice, support services and information to the Somali community.
Email: info@oceansomali.org.uk 
Website:www.oceansomali.org.uk 
Address:Concordia Community Enterprise Centre, Railway Arches 420 - 421, Burdett Road, London, E3 4AA. 
Princess of Wales Women's Unit Labour Ward
Phone:Tel: 0121 424 3909 / 0121 424 0730 / 0781 753 4274  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times: Thurs & Fri
Email:Alison Bryne alison.byrne@heartofengland.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS. 
Saheliya
Phone:0131 556 9302 Supports and promotes the positive mental health and well-being of black, minority ethnic, asylum seeker, refugee and migrant women and girls (12+) in the Edinburgh area.
Email:info@saheliya.co.uk 
Website:www.saheliya.co.uk 
Address:125 McDonald Road, Edinburgh, EH7 4NW. 
Somali Development Services
Phone: Provides training, seminars and conferences for professionals who need to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of people from the Somali community.
Email: 
Website:www.sds-ltd.org 
Address: 
Southall Community Alliance
Phone:020 8574 8855 Umbrella organisation in London Borough of Ealing, with over 120 affiliated groups including.  Work with Indian, Somali, Iranian, Afghan and Russian communities. They work to meet local needs which includes tackling FGM. 
Email:southallcommunityalliance@hotmail.com 
Website:www.southallcommunityalliance.org 
Address:Southall Town Hall, 1 High Street, Southall, Middx, UB1 3HA. 
Sylvia Pankhurst Health Centre
Phone:0207 377 7898 / 0207 377 7870 / 0208 223 8322 Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times:
Mon to Thurs (12pm-8pm)
Fri (9:30am - 5:30 pm)
Email:geetha.subramanian@thpct.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:Mile End Hospital, 3rd floor, Bancroft Road, London, E1 4DG. 
West London African Women's Community Clinic
Phone:0208 383 0827 / 07920 450045  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure. 
Email:Lazara.DominguezGarcia@chelwest.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:West London Centre for Sexual Health, Charing Cross Hospital (south Wing), Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8RF. 
West London African Women's Hospital Clinic
Phone:0203 315 3344  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure. 
Email:caw-tr.fgmwestlondon@nhs.net 
Website: 
Address:Gynaecology and Antenatal Clinics, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, 369 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9 NH. 
Women's & Young People's Services
Phone:0208 963 7177 / 0208 965 5733  Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times: Fri (9am - 12pm)
Email:kamal.shehataiskander@nwlh.nhs.uk / Jacqueline.deehan@nwlh.nhs.uk 
Website: 
Address:African Well Women's Clinic (Antenatal Clinic), Central Middlesex Hospital, Acton Lane, Park Royal, London, NW10 7NS. 
Woodfield Medical Centre
Phone:0207 266 8822 Special health service providing medical advice and help and may be able to provide a reversal procedure.
Opening Times: Tues morning
Email: 
Website: 
Address:Antenatal Clinic 7e, Woodfield Road, London, W9 3XZ. 
 
 
 
 
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