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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of child abuse common to some African, Asian and Middle Eastern communities in the UK.

It’s a practice which is carried out in secret. It’s illegal and life-threatening and can leave young victims in severe pain and with physical and mental health problems that can continue through their lives.

If you are worried about FGM you must tell a trusted adult or a teacher.

Young People Speak Out

Young People Speak Out is a project within FORWARD’s Youth Programme. It trains young people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities to become campaigners and peer-educators on violence against women and girls, including FGM. The programme provides a safe space for young women and men aged 16-24 years, to develop their ideas, gain skills and explore ways to support themselves and those at risk. The programme uses youth-friendly and culturally sensitive methods including participatory training, workshops, film screenings and creative and interactive events to raise awareness.

For more information about this programme please contact the Youth Programme team on 020 8960 4000 or email:

There is plenty of information and support available:

If you think a child in Hounslow is being abused or mistreated you should call and speak to someone on the Early Help team: 020 8583 6600