The NSPCC have launched a helpline for girls in danger of female genital mutilation
The free 24-hour helpline; call 0800 028 3550 or email firstname.lastname@example.org, is for anyone concerned that a child’s welfare is at risk because of female genital mutilation and are seeking advice, information or support. Though callers’ details can remain anonymous, any information that could protect a child from abuse will be passed to the police or social services.
The NSPCC’s child protection experts received training and advice from Daughters of Eve* and Equality Now** who work with and campaign on behalf of women and girls who have been affected by female genital mutilation.
The Metropolitan Police force is also supporting the FGM helpline as part of its crime prevention work and has provided training to the NSPCC.
Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven of the Sexual Offences, Exploitation, and Child Abuse Command said:
“The Metropolitan Police Service is committed to supporting survivors of FGM and bringing to justice those responsible for committing this horrific crime. This practice cannot be disguised as being part of any culture, it is child abuse and offenders will be relentlessly pursued.”
The helpline will also provide support to professionals working with children to carry out their duty to protect them from all forms of child abuse. The charity hopes this advice and support will give them the confidence to take action if they are concerned about a child.
*Daughters of Eve is a non-profit organisation that works to protect girls and young women who are at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). By raising awareness about FGM and sign-posting support services, Daughers of Eve aim to help people who are affected by FGM and ultimately help bring an end to this practice. http://www.dofeve.org
**Equality Now is an organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls around the world by raising international visibility of individual cases of abuse, mobilizing public support through global membership, and wielding strategic political pressure to ensure that governments enact or enforce laws and policies that uphold the rights of women and girls. http://www.equalitynow.org/ourwork