Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK. It’s also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or to help someone trying to do this.

The maximum sentence for carrying out FGM or helping it to take place is 14 years in prison.

FGM is any procedure that’s designed to alter or injure a girl’s (or woman’s) genital organs for non-medical reasons.

It’s sometimes known as ‘female circumcision’ or ‘female genital cutting’. It’s mostly carried out on young girls.
FGM procedures can cause:


  • severe bleeding
  • infections
  • problems with giving birth later in life - including the death of the baby


If you know someone at risk

Contact the the NSPCC anonymously if you’re worried that a girl or young woman is at risk of FGM or is a victim of FGM.

FGM Helpline
Email: fgmhelp@nspcc.org.uk
Telephone: 0800 028 3550

Find out about call charges


If you know someone in immediate danger


Contact the police if you think that a girl or young woman is in immediate danger of FGM.

You should also contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if she’s already been taken abroad.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Telephone: 020 7008 1500
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 1500

Find out about call charges


Mandatory Reporting of FGM


To read more about Mandatory Reporting of FGM click here


Get a protection order

You can apply to get a protection order from the court if:

• you’re a victim of FGM
• you or someone you know is in danger of FGM

Download and fill in an application form (FGM001).
Read the guidance to find out which courts you can apply to.

Other help

You can search for help and advice in your area if you’re worried that someone is in danger of FGM or if you’re a victim of FGM.

You can also contact:

The Safeguarding Children Board at your local council
Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development (FORWARD)
NHS specialist clinics for FGM
Daughters of Eve

Students and HIBO

The students at Frederick Bremer School have been raising awareness of FGM with local campaigner Hibo Wardere


Forced Marriage/Honour Based Marriage


A forced marriage is where one or both people do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used. It is an appalling and indefensible practice and is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, domestic/child abuse and a serious abuse of human rights.

The pressure put on people to marry against their will can be physical (including threats, actual physical violence and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel like they’re bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse (taking your wages or not giving you any money) can also be a factor.


Legislation on Forced Marriage


The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 makes it a criminal offence to force someone to marry.


This includes:


  • Taking someone overseas to force them to marry (whether or not the forced marriage takes place)
  • Marrying someone who lacks the mental capacity to consent to the marriage (whether they’re pressured to or not)
  • Breaching a Forced Marriage Protection Order is also a criminal offence
  • The civil remedy of obtaining a Forced Marriage Protection Order through the family courts will continue to exist alongside the new criminal offence, so victims can choose how they wish to be assisted


Details of the new law can be found on the Legislation website

Forcing someone to marry can result in a sentence of up to 7 years in prison

Disobeying a Forced Marriage Protection Order can result in a sentence of up to 5 years in prison


To read the updated legal guidance visit: www.gov.uk/guidance/forced-marriage

For more information about Forced Marriage click here.

For more information on how to get help and support click here.


The Freedom Charity


The Freedom Charity empowers young people to feel they have the tools and confidence to support each other and have practical ways in which they can help their best friend around the issues of family relationships
which can lead to early and forced marriage and dishonour based violence, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Human Rights abuse. For more info about The Freedom Charity visit: http://www.freedomcharity.org.uk/


Right to choose’ campaign videos

The Forced Marriage Unit commissioned 3 short videos to highlight the increased reports of forced marriage during the Summer holidays. These videos show how to spot the signs of forced marriage and focus on 3 young
people all affected by these issues.To see the videos visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/forced-marriage


'But it’s not fair' (by Aneeta Prem)

'But it’s not fair' is a fictional account of different perspectives on forced marriages that’s useful reading for school children and teachers. To read the series of accounts click here




Contact us

Frederick Bremer School is located close to the A406 (North Circular Road) and a short distance from Walthamstow Town Hall and Civic Centre.

From A406


Head west on N Circular Rd/A406 toward Green Lanes/A105

Street View

Take Oakthorpe Rd to N Circular Rd/A406

Turn right at the 1st cross street onto Green Lanes/A105 Street View

Turn right onto Oakthorpe Rd Street View

Follow A406. Take the A112 exit from A406

UndoTurn left onto N Circular Rd/A406 

Take the A112 exit toward Chingford/Walthamstow

Take Wadham Rd and Fulbourne Rd to Spencer Rd


From M11

At junction 4, Use the right lane to take the A406 (W) exit to A503/A10/A1/N Circular Street View


Merge onto N Circular Rd/A406 Street View


Use the left 2 lanes to take the Leytonstone/Woodford/A104/Walthamstow/A503 exit Street View


Take Forest Rd/A503 to Siddeley Rd


Local bus routes

Bus routes: 212, 275, 123, W16


Travelling by Tube/Train

Nearest train station is Wood Street (10 min walk). Nearest London Underground station is Walthamstow Central.


Please note: There is no car parking available on-site but limited parking is usually available in the vicinity. (Parking arrangements during private hire remain separately).  


Frederick Bremer School
Siddeley Road
E17 4EY

Tel: 020 8498 3340
Fax: 020 8523 5323

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