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Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Solicitors

According to the World Health Organisation, FGM includes ‘all procedures involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons’. It’s also known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘cutting’.

The NSPCC estimated that nearly 137,000 women and girls affected by FGM in England and Wales.

Can I get protection against FGM from the courts?

The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 (covering England, Wales, and Northern Ireland) makes FGM an illegal practice in the UK. Those found guilty may face a prison sentence of between 5 and 14 years.

We can help you to secure a Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order (FGMPO). The application for the FGMPO can be made on an emergency basis on the same day to ensure you are protected without delay or if you are overseas, taken out of the country immediately.

Am I entitled to legal aid for me Female Genital Mutilation Protection Order matter?

Legal aid may be available depending on your financial circumstances and the merits of your case. Our experienced solicitors will be able to support you and assist you through this process

Getting Help

Berris Law Solicitors provide confidential and reassuring advice on what your options are. We can see you quickly to discuss your concerns and explore availability of Legal Aid.

The first step is to secure court orders to prevent the children being removed from the country and thereafter secure orders to prevent the FGM from taking place.

There are the unfortunate occasions when the children have been removed from the jurisdiction of England and Wales and the risk of FGM are identified. Urgent steps can still be taken to secure the orders to prevent FGM from taking place, and the immediate return of the children.

We have experience of working with agencies and government officials from foreign countries to ensure the safety of any individuals or children who are at risk of FGM and forced marriages

We at Berris Law have many years of experience in this field and in particular, Julian Hayes an expert Child Panel solicitor. Please call on 020 3325 7415 for a free consultation.


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