06 Decemeber 2016: New official figures published today provide experimental statistics on female genital mutilation (FGM) in England, from July 2016 to September 2016.
The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Enhanced Dataset is a repository for data collected 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:
Newly recorded3 women and girls 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.
Total attendances4 where FGM is identified or a procedure to treat FGM is undertaken. Inclusion in this category does notnecessarily mean that the FGM has recently been 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 Type6
- Age at attendance
- Country of birth
- Country where FGM was undertaken
- Clinical treatment function where attendance occurred
- Whether deinfibulation7 was undertaken at the attendance
The full dataset is available at: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/media/22980/FGMEnhancedDatasetv13a/xls/FGM_Enhanced_Dataset_v1.3a.xls
Copies of the report are available at: http://content.digital.nhs.uk/pubs/fgmsep16