The FGM report has come shortly after RCM said midwives should be trained to support women who have undergone FGM (Female Genital Mutilation).
FGM is illegal in the UK, however women who have been affected by FGM were mostly likely born in countries where it is practised.
According to RCM, the report highlights the prevalence of female genital mutilation across England and Wales. The RCM has said that it will release new guidance to tackle the issue on a local level.
Professional Policy Advisor at the RCM, Janet Fyle said: “As the report on the prevalence of FGM out today shows, some local authorities may not have huge numbers of people who have undergone FGM. Nevertheless, they must ensure that systems and services are in place to support those at risk and those already affected by FGM.
“This report is an indication that much more needs to be done to support survivors of FGM in terms of providing long-term clinical care and support. In particular psychological support is needed regardless of the number of affected girls and women in the area.
“If we are really to end FGM, we need the collaborative efforts of the health services, police and education, along with local communities, local authorities and survivors in in every area of the UK to adopt a zero tolerance approach, until FGM no longer blights the lives of women and girls.”
According to a report from the Trust of London, published in 2011, there were around 137,000 girls and women in England and Wales who have been affected by FGM.