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Webchat: Female genital mutilation: 06.03.17

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 6th March 2017.

Female genital mutilation, also known as FGM is illegal in the UK. 

‘FGM involves  procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons’ (HM Government Multi Agency Practice Guidelines: Female Genital Mutilation 2014).

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Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 6 Mar 16:32

Hi today's webchat is now open.Today's topic is FGM (female genital mutilation)

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 6 Mar 16:33

Does anyone know what FGM is?

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 6 Mar 16:39

Female genital mutilation, also known as FGM is illegal in the UK.

‘FGM involves procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons’ (HM Government Multi Agency Practice Guidelines: Female Genital Mutilation 2014

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 6 Mar 16:50

There are no medical reasons for FGM.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 6 Mar 16:55

Remember its your body and no one has the right to do this to you.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 6 Mar 17:01

If you are worried that you are being taken abroad to have FGM put a 'spoon in your knickers'. This will be picked up by the airport security and you will be taken to a safe place where you will have an opportunity to disclose your concerns.

Chat Health (Katie - Moderator) / 6 Mar 17:03

This webchat is now closed.Thanks for watching. If you have an immediate concern contact the police on 999.

This chat is now closed!

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Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens: FGM section or:

www.nspcc.org.uk 

www.childline.org.uk 

www.thegirlgeneration.org

www.forward.org.uk

www.leicestersexualhealth.nhs.uk

Alternatively you could speak to a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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