by Dan Bryans
NHS Digital this week released its latest data on FGM between January and March 2017.
This is data collected by healthcare providers in England, including acute hospital providers, mental health providers and GP practices.
The data has shown that female genital mutilation is still an issue in Essex and South East of England, statistics have seen a slight increase in reported cases.
An NSPCC spokesman for the East of England said: “We know that female genital mutilation is still affecting hundreds of girls in the UK, and these figures show that it continues to effect young people in Essex.
“We would urge those at risk, or any adults worried about them, to speak out and get help.
“Some families who subject their children to female genital mutilation may do so because of cultural norms or that they believe it will help their child improve their life. It’s vital that everyone realises FGM serves no purpose, leaves long lasting physical and emotional scars on the victims, and is a form of child abuse.”
Anyone concerned that a child is at risk of or has experienced FGM can speak to NSPCC FGM helpline advisors on 0800 028 3550 or email email@example.com. Meanwhile, children can call Childline at any time on 0800 1111.