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Over a thousand women identified as having undergone FGM

NHS Digital releases latest FGM statistic for England

Jo Carlowe

Tuesday, 06 March 2018

Over a thousand women and girls were identified in England as having had female genital mutilation (FGM) or a related procedure, between October and December last year.

The new figures are released today in the Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - October 2017 to December 2017, Experimental Statistics Report, published by NHS Digital.

The statistics reveal there were 1,760 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure related to FGM was undertaken in the period October 2017 to December 2017. These accounted for 2,330 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure related to FGM was undertaken.

There were 1,030 newly recorded women and girls in the period October 2017 to December 2017. Newly recorded means this is the first time they have appeared in this dataset. It does not indicate how recently the FGM was undertaken, nor does it mean that this is the woman or girl's first attendance for FGM. The previous year, some 1,268 incidents were newly recorded on the Enhanced Dataset.

The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset enables data to be reported by healthcare providers in England, including acute hospital providers, mental health providers and GP practices.

The data is then used to produce information that helps to:

  • improve how the NHS supports women and girls who have had or who are at risk of FGM
  • plan the local NHS services needed both now and in the future
  • help other organisations e.g. local authorities to develop plans to stop FGM happening in local communities
There are two main types of count used in FGM Enhanced Dataset publications:
  1. Individuals refers to all patients in the reporting period where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Each patient is only counted once.
  2. Total attendances where FGM is identified or a procedure to treat FGM is undertaken. Inclusion in this category does not necessarily mean that the FGM has recently been undertaken.
The FGM Enhanced Dataset cannot measure the total prevalence of FGM in England, only those cases of FGM recorded since the collection began on 1 April 2015.

The Enhanced Dataset is an individual level data collection of a wider range of data items than the Prevalence Dataset. Collection began on 1 April 2015 and submission was mandatory from July 2015 for acute trusts and from October 2015 for mental health trusts and GP practices.

The UK government has stated it is committed to preventing and ending FGM in the UK.

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