Teachers and health workers will be legally required to report FGM under new law

The Independent is reporting that teachers and health workers will be legally required to report cases of female genital mutilation under plans being launched by the Government this week…

One year on the from the Girl Summit hosted by David Cameron and Unicef in London to mobilise international efforts to curb FGM within a generation, the Home Office will launch a consultation on mandatory reporting of known cases of the practice in girls under 18. The legal requirement will cover schools and hospitals and will be introduced in the autumn.

The mandatory reporting duty is in addition to FGM protection orders, introduced this month to coincide with the start of the school summer holiday, when girls are most at risk. Anyone who fears that someone is at risk of FGM – including potential victims themselves as well as local authorities, teachers, doctors and social workers – can apply to a court for an order. There are 800 forced marriage protection orders already in place.

On Friday it emerged that a police force has secured the first FGM protection order in this country, preventing travel by two young girls who are thought to be at risk of being taken to Africa to undergo FGM…

Under the mandatory reporting duty launched this week, frontline professionals, including teachers and hospital and other healthcare workers, will be issued with guidance including legal requirements for them to report known FGM cases…

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