FGM Protection Orders are civil law measures designed to protect and safeguard both victims and potential victims of FGM. Known as FGMPO, these orders are managed through the family court and can be brought by a victim, a relevant third party (currently the local authority) or any other any other person with permission of the court. These orders are designed to help when you or someone:
  • believes you are at risk of FGM;
  • have already had FGM committed on you; or
  • know someone who is at risk of FGM.
The orders can help in a number of ways, for example by requiring ordering the surrender of passports and travel documents to prevent a potential victim from being taken overseas for the purpose of FGM. The orders are unique to each case and will depend of the circumstances surrounding it. The conditions within each order are legally binding, meaning that breaching these could result in fines or custodial sentences, depending on the breach

You can find all FGM clinics in the UK here

If the FGM is historical: 
The University’s Counselling & Wellbeing Service provides a listening ear and can also support you if you want to know what next steps might be available for you. Their services are completely confidential. This client confidentiality will only be broken if the counsellors think there is a risk to you or someone else, or if there is a legal duty.  How to contact Counselling & Wellbeing.
You can also access advice and guidance from your G.P. surgery (you may be registered with the University Medical Centre or otherwise you can look up your G.P.’s information here if you can’t remember).

If the FGM is about to happen, or a person is going to be taken away for FGM , or is in danger of this happening, then this is a safeguarding issue and should be raised by making a report on R&S in the Safeguarding Tab immediately or contacting a Designated Safeguarding Officer  (see webpages below).

The University has a well established safeguarding process which you can find out about on the safeguarding webpages