Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
We are at the start of the summer school holidays when the numbers of girls taken outside of the UK to be cut increases. FGM is child abuse, illegal and it is mandatory for teachers and certain professions in health and social care to report "known" cases of FGM. The Department of Health launched a new campaign with useful information, a film and various links for members of the public and professionals. Also the first ever annual statistics for FGM from healthcare providers in England have just been published: 5,702 newly recorded cases of FGM were reported during the year April 2015 - March 2016 and 106 girls were reported as being aged under 18 at the time of their first attendance for FGM. Out of the cases where the age FGM was carried out was known, the most frequent age range was between 5 and 9 years old.