06 March 2018
*NHS Digital must be quoted as the source of these figures
*Regional data available in this report
New official figures published today provide experimental statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England, from October 2017 to December 2017.
The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset enables data to be reported by healthcare providers2 in England, including acute hospital providers, mental health providers and GP practices.
There are two main types of count used in FGM Enhanced Dataset publications:
1. Individuals refers to all patients in the reporting period where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken. Each patient is only counted once.
2. Total attendances3 where FGM is identified or a procedure to treat FGM is undertaken. Inclusion in this category does not necessarily mean that the FGM has recently been undertaken.
Additionally, the report contains some reporting on newly recorded4 women and girls. These are people who have had their FGM information collected in the FGM Enhanced Dataset for the first time. 'Newly recorded' does not necessarily mean that the attendance is the woman or girl's first attendance for FGM or that the FGM has been recently undertaken.
The FGM Enhanced Dataset cannot measure the total prevalence of FGM in England, only those cases of FGM recorded since the collection began on 1 April 2015.
The data captures information including but not exclusively:
- FGM Type5
- Age at attendance
- Country of birth
- Country where FGM was undertaken
- Clinical treatment function where attendance occurred
- Whether deinfibulation6 was undertaken at the attendance.