What to do if you or someone you know is being taken to the airport/already abroad possibly to be cut.

Telephone the police on 999. Explain that you are worried a child is being taken to the airport to leave the county so that FGM can be performed. The police will alert airport police to prevent their departure and then work with social services to protect the child.

Call MASH, Oxfordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub if you are worried that a child may be cut. 0845 050 7666.

Tell a teacher – a friend that you trust could come with you.

Tell the border control officers at the airport. For example, while your family’s baggage is being checked, alert the airport staff that you are worried about your safety and you need to speak to someone alone.

Call the NSPCC FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550 for more information or email them at

You should contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office if you or someone you know has already been taken abroad:

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Telephone: 020 7008 1500
From overseas: +44 (0)20 7008 1500

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