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Female Genital Mutilation

House of Lords written question – answered on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Tonge Baroness Tonge Independent Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make it mandatory for health, education and social service professionals to report knowledge or suspicion of female genital mutilation and cutting to the police.

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether parents have a duty to report suspected female genital mutilation and cutting to Government officials.

Photo of Lord Taylor of Holbeach Lord Taylor of Holbeach The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

Guidance on reporting cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) is detailed in the multi-agency practice guidelines issued by the Government in February 2011. Under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004, there remains a duty for all professionals to act to safeguard girls at risk. In all cases, if anyone is worried about someone who is at risk of FGM or has had FGM, this information must be shared with social care or the police. It is the responsibility of the police and social services to investigate and to safeguard and protect any girls or women involved.

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