If you are informed by a girl under 18 that an act of FGM has been carried out on her; or observe physical signs which appear to show that an act of FGM has been carried out on a girl under 18. Regulated professionals in England & Wales must report it to the Police under the Mandatory Duty using the 101 non-emergency number.

Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy sets out details about how The Royal College of Midwives (“RCM”, “We” or “Us”) will use any personal information that it collects about you. We encourage you to read this Policy as it explains the RCM’s practices involving the use of personal information, and sets out information about rights that you may have under applicable laws.

The RCM is the controller of any personal information that We collect about you under applicable data protection laws. If you have any questions about this Policy, or about the RCM’s use of your personal information, please email [email protected]

If you would like more information about how to get in touch or the support or services We can provide our members, please visit the Contact Us section of the website.

How We may share your personal information

We will disclose personal information We hold about you to:

your employer, where you consent to Us doing so or where this is necessary for Us to provide a service or advice that you have requested from Us;

our service providers, such as IT hosting companies, support services and call centres including but not limited to RCM Connect;

third parties involved in the publishing of guidance’s relevant to fgm/ violence against woman and girls or women’s health issues.

professional advisors such as lawyers, law enforcement agencies, courts and other tribunals, a list of whom can be found on Our website. If you join any of the RCM’s networks, working forums or electronic groups (including email, social media and messaging apps), your contact information will be used and shared within that group so that relevant information can be shared with you.

Our legal basis for using your personal information

For other justifiable reasons, including legal obligations We are under and Our legitimate interests: We process your personal information where necessary for the RCM to comply with legal and regulatory obligations

The period for which We will retain personal information will vary depending on the purposes that it was collected for, as well as the requirements of any applicable law or regulation.

For example, if you are a member of the RCM, We will store your personal information for as long as you are a member and then for 25 years. Aside from this, we may store your personal information for as long as is required for compliance with tax legislation.

Your rights

You may have certain rights in relation to personal information that We hold about you, including the rights to request that it is erased, that its processing is restricted, or that any inaccurate personal information is rectified. You may also have the right to object to the processing of your personal information, or in some circumstances to obtain a copy of the personal information in machine readable format. Any such request should be submitted in writing to [email protected]

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Policy will be reviewed from time to time to take account of changes to Our operations or practices and, further, to make sure it remains appropriate to any changes in law, technology and the business environment. Any personal information held will be governed by Our most current Policy.

Privacy and cookies

The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) imposes restrictions on the use of any personal information you provide with the aim of protecting personal data and your privacy. The personal information you provide will be used for the purposes you specify only and will not be passed to third parties.

We upload cookies to your computer when you visit this website in order to improve the service we offer. Cookies may also be uploaded to your computer by third parties such as companies displaying advertisements on this website.

Data protection

If you have a question about data protection or would like to find out more about how the RCM handles, processes and stores your data please email us at [email protected]

You also have the right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you. Please submit your request in writing to [email protected].



Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained on this website is accurate and up to date, because of the nature of this medium neither The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) does not accept any  responsibility for the accuracy or validity of any of the information contained in or accessed from this website and accepts no liability for errors, loss or damages suffered by use of or reliance on any information published here.

Similarly, neither the RCM nor Redactive endorses any product or information accessed through this website, or intend to create any contractual or other legal relation with RCM members, course participants or any other person using this website.

Users of this website seeking health-related information or advice should in all cases consult a qualified midwife or other appropriately qualified health professional.