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.
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:
- counseling with social worker or police about the legal status of FGM
- child protection order requiring child to be safeguarded from FGM
- 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.
(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.