Female Genital Mutilation

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a form of abuse that only recently has been truly understood and given the focus it deserves.  The scale of the abuse is significantly underestimated and levels of knowledge are generally poor.  For example many professionals have a limited view of which communities pose a FGM risk to their children and the number of nationalities where FGM has been practised is much broader than expected.  The Government released the Multi Agency Practice Guidelines in November 2014.  

Mandatory Reporting

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Mandatory reporting of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by teachers, social workers and health professionals came into force on 31 October 2015.

New laws announced earlier this year will make disclosure of instances of the illegal practice mandatory.

Under the measures, health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales will be expected to report “visually confirmed” or “verbally disclosed” cases of FGM in girls aged under 18 to police.

They will be obliged to report cases within a month unless there are “exceptional” circumstances involving safeguarding issues.

Those who do not comply could face internal disciplinary action or referral to regulators, which have the power to bar them from practice.

Further details can be found on the www.gov.uk website.

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