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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) & Sexual Abuse

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) & Sexual Abuse


Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. The practice is illegal in the UK. See more information at

Within the health partnership we have a service run by specialist docters and nurses called Star Clinic, to sensitively assess and examine children or young people that have:

  • Disclosed a history of sexual abuse
  • Or those who might otherwise be at risk of sexual abuse (including Female Genital Mutilation or cutting)
  • Or those who have genital conditions not relating to abuse, such as Lichen Sclerosus or vulvovaginitis.

Nobody is seen without their consent, and the team are very experienced in making this as easy as possible for a child or young person.

If you are a young person experiencing any of the above, or who has experienced this is the past, you are not alone, support is available for you.
Please speak to any health or social care professional you know, and your GP is able to refer you to the Star Clinic.

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