NEW figures released reveal the extent of Female Genital Mutiltation (FGM) in Thurrock.
The statistics collated by the NHS show that there were ten medical admissions between October to December last year (2016).
An NSPCC spokesman said: “These figures prove that FGM is very much a live issue for women and young girls today. FGM is child abuse and has no place in any society.
“It is reassuring to see that women whose experience of FGM is identified and recorded are returning to their healthcare providers. This indicates that acknowledging the presence of FGM supports women to ensure their health needs are met and shows just how vital it is that health professionals are trained to spot the signs and support women and girls following disclosure. Agencies must also share information when a victim is being treated, so that other girls in their family are supported and protected.
“We urge anyone who is worried about someone they know to call our dedicated FGM helpline on 0800 028 3550. Our trained staff will talk things through, offer advice, and you may be able to stop a child from being subjected to this barbaric practice.”