RCM responds to first ever guilty verdict for FGM in UK

on 01 February 2019 FGM - Female Genital Mutilation

Today the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has responded to the first ever guilty verdict for FGM in UK.

Commenting Janet Fyle, Professional Policy Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) says; “Today is a momentous day for the campaign to end FGM and this is the first of many prosecutions to come because FGM continues to take place in the UK.

“Todays verdict is very significant. It also justifies the RCM and its partners' relentless campaign to end FGM and to protect women and girls from this human rights abuse, despite the many challenges and push back from some groups. 

"We have spent many years lobbying the government to ensure that ending FGM and the safeguarding of girls remains a high priority on the agenda, so today is a triumph of sorts.

“The crime of FGM is happening on our doorsteps, amongst our communities, to women and girls. Therefore anybody with any knowledge of this practice taking place should come forward to the relevant authorities and report it immediately.

“Also, any midwife or healthcare professional with FGM safeguarding concerns must remember mandatory reporting of FGM is their duty. It’s imperative that we all remain vigilant, and ask members of the various communities to support professionals by also alerting them to FGM which is child abuse.”

To contact the RCM Press Office call 020 7312 3456 or email [email protected].


Notes to editors

The RCM is the only trade union and professional association dedicated to serving midwifery and the whole midwifery team. We provide workplace advice and support, professional and clinical guidance and information, and learning opportunities with our broad range of events, conferences and online resources. For more information visit the RCM website at https://www.rcm.org.uk/.