Female Genital Mutilation

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 17th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what (1) sexual and reproductive health and rights, and (2) female genital mutilation support, services exist for women with complications resulting from female genital mutilation in the UK.

Photo of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the case for expanding the provision of (1) sexual and reproductive health and rights, and (2) female genital mutilation support, services in the UK to support women and girls.

Photo of Lord Bethell Lord Bethell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

National Health Service referral pathways are in place locally to respond to the physical, mental and sexual health needs of women and girls who have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) through maternity and specialist paediatric services. Non-pregnant women over 18 can access a new pilot of eight FGM support clinics launched in September 2019 which provide a range of services, including deinfibulation if required.

Commissioning of FGM services is informed by NHS Digital’s FGM enhanced dataset.

Local authorities in England are mandated to commission comprehensive open access sexual health services for people present in their area based on an assessment of local need.

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