New Child Protection helpline

A new helpline has been launched this week to help protect girls and young women from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).  It is thought that at least 30,000 girls are at risk from this illegal form of child abuse in the UK; putting them at risk of long term physical and emotional harm and even the risk of dying as a result of FGM procedures.

The free 24-hour helpline number is 0800 028 3550 or emails can be sent to  Trained child protection experts from the NSPCC are answering calls with support from the Metropolitan Police. (Source:

FGM is a topic covered in the’s child protection training courses, where links to relevant resources are also available.  It is also a subject Ofsted now include in their Inspecting Safeguarding briefing for school inspections.