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At risk of FGM?
If you or someone you know is at immediate risk of FGM, call 000 immediately

Are you in danger ?
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Do you know a girl in danger ?
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Do you need support for the effects of FGM?
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Who is at risk of FGM?

Everyone can help protect girls at risk of harm from female genital mutilation. The question is who is in danger of female genital mutilation?
A girl is “at risk” (in danger) if:
Her mother or sibling has had FGM.
She comes from a community where FGM is practiced.
If the above factors are present, and the girl is being taken to the country of origin for a “holiday”. Particularly in the long summer holidays to allow her sufficient time to recover before school restarts .
A girl talks about preparing for a special ceremony or party where she will “become a woman” or other special celebration.
A female elder visiting from a country of origin known to have a high prevalence of FGM.
If a child who requests direct help from a professional.
Additional risk factors to consider :
› FGM can occur anytime from infancy.
› FGM can occur in Australia as well as abroad
Step by step guide to making a report to child protection
CALL THE FGM HOTLINE ON 1800 522 707 FOR FURTHER ADVICE IF UNSURE
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Resources For Professionals

If you are working with families who have come from FGM affected communities then you need to know how to look for signs that a girl is in danger, or how to advise a survivor how to access appropriate supports. This will vary depending upon your profession. We have prepared resources for a range of professionals who may be working with families from FGM affected communities.
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