Skip to content

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

How we are working to keep our FOI Requests running during COVID-19

FGM (9193_17)


1 – the number of cases of FGM reported to you (or that you have been made aware of) in Birmingham/West Mids area via any means and from any source – parent, neighbour, NHS, social services, member of the public, etc. (2017) 

2 – the number of arrests and prosecutions made in relation to FGM in Birmingham/West Mids area. (2017) 

The FGM can have occurred in UK or the person might have been taken abroad for the procedure to have been done and then returned to the UK.  I would still consider it an assault on a UK resident if the cutting was done abroad and the child returned to the UK.



We can confirm that information is held by West Midlands Police in respect of this request. Whilst the majority of the information is attached to this response, I am afraid that we are not required by statute to release all of the information requested. For the very small amount of information that has not been released, this serves as a Refusal Notice under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Please see the attached file. This file contains some redactions and the explanation for this can be found underneath ‘Reasons for Decision.’

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented in the attachment are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed.



The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

In this case, a small amount of information has not been disclosed by virtue of:

Section 30(1) – Investigations and Proceedings Conducted by Public Authorities

This exemption and explanatory notes are shown here:

In line with Section 30 above, I am required to complete a Prejudice Test/Public Interest Test (PIT) on disclosure. Please find this attached