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Do you know a girl in danger of FGM ?
If you know someone is in immediate danger, call 000 immediately.
If you suspect someone is in danger of FGM, or you have heard of plans for a girl to undergo FGM, you can contact the child protection authority in your state.
You can make a report to child protection services if you suspect that a child or young person is “at risk of significant harm”. This means you have current concerns for the safety, welfare or wellbeing of a child or young person.
CALL THE FGM HOTLINE FOR MORE INFORMATION 
1800 522 707
You don’t have to be certain, you only need to make sure your concerns are well founded and based on information you know or have from a reliable source.
The risk factors can include:
– Parents and other family members discussing support for or intention to carry out FGM
– Visiting elderly relatives from countries which practice FGM
– Discussion of travel plans to a country where FGM is practiced.

MAKING A REPORT DOES NOT MEAN THE CHILD WILL BE REMOVED FROM THEIR PARENTS.
Do not avoid reporting suspicions of FGM due to fears that the child will be removed.

In Australia, in previous cases of suspected intention to commit FGM, there is a range of possibilities including:

  1. counseling with social worker or police about the legal status of FGM
  2. child protection order requiring child to be safeguarded from FGM
  3. in the final instance if the parents are insisting the child undergoes FGM there may be chance the child is removed. This is highly unlikely and has not occurred yet in Australia for suspicion of FGM.

Please call the child protection number in your state to report a girl in danger of FGM.

AUSTRALIAN CHILD PROTECTION NUMBERS

Victoria
Child protection in Victoria after hours number to call is: 131278
All other numbers in Victoria can be found on this link
Tasmania
To notify child protection in Tasmania call
1300 737 639

at any time or click HERE for more contacts
QueensLand
Dept of Communities, Child Safety and Disabilities
1800 177 135
or (07) 3235 9999 or for more contacts click HERE
South Australia
South Australian Child Abuse contact Child Abuse Report Line on 131 478
or click HERE for more contacts
NSW
The NSW Child Protection Helpline on
132 111 (TTY 1800 212 936)
for the cost of a local call, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For NSW child protection numbers click HERE
For NSW FGM Education Program click HERE
Western Australia
Western Australia Department of Child Protection and Family support call
(08) 9222 2555 (Business Hours)
after hours, please contact Crisis Care:

Telephone: (08) 9223 1111
Country free call: 1800 199 008

or click HERE for more contacts.
Northern Territory
Northern Territory Dept of Children and Families 24 hour toll free number
1800 700 250

or click HERE for more contacts
PLEASE CALL IF you know a girl in danger of FGM. IT COULD SAVE HER FROM LIFELONG SUFFERING!

How do I report a suspected case of female genital mutilation overseas?

If you are worried that you or someone you know has been taken overseas for female genital mutilation, please contact the nearest Australian overseas mission.  You can also call the Department’s 24/7 Consular Emergency Centre at 1300 555 135 (from Australia) or +61 2 6261 3304 (from overseas).
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