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Setting up a clinic to assess children and young people for female genital mutilation
  1. Deborah Hodes1,2,
  2. Sarah M Creighton3
  1. 1Department of Paediatrics, University College London Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Camden Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), London, UK
  3. 3Department of Women's Health, University College London Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Sarah M Creighton, Department of Women's Health, University College London, 2nd Floor North, 250 Euston Road, London NW1 2PG, UK; sarah.creighton{at}


It is now mandatory for health, social care professionals and teachers to report to the police all under-18s where female genital mutilation (FGM) has been disclosed by the child or where physical signs of FGM are seen. Such referrals are likely to result in a request for medical examination. New multiagency statutory guidance sets out instructions for physical examination but provides no details how services should be set-up. This review gives practical guidance learnt from the first year of the UK's only dedicated children's FGM service.

  • Child Abuse
  • Paediatric Practice

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  • Contributors SMC wrote the paper. DH wrote the paper. SMC and DH work together in the service described.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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