In July 2017, the Female Genital Mutilation Enhanced Dataset presented a national picture of the prevalence of FGM in England (pdf).
This data was collected by healthcare providers in England, including acute hospital providers, mental health providers and GP practices.
The report found that:
- Between April 2016 and March 2017, there were 9,179 attendances reported at NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken
- 87% of these attendances were in midwifery or obstetrics services, where this was reported. Data for the treatment area was recorded for six in every ten attendances
- The average age at attendance was 31 years. 95% of the women and girls first recorded in the data in 2016/17 had undergone FGM before they were 18-years old. This information was recorded for three in ten women and girls.