Female Genital Mutilation: Northern Ireland

Home Department written question – answered on 8th May 2014.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps she is taking in Northern Ireland to raise awareness of female genital mutilation.

Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker The Minister of State, Home Department

The Coalition Government recognises the importance of raising awareness of female genital mutilation. Following a successful bid to the European Union progress funding stream, the Home Office was awarded approximately €300,000 in November 2013 for work to raise awareness of FGM. This will be used to fund a range of activities across the UK, including in Northern Ireland. For example, we are launching a communications campaign to raise awareness of FGM and we are also developing an e-learning tool so that all frontline practitioners will be able to undertake an introduction to FGM.

The Civil Law Reform Division of the Northern Ireland Executive also consulted on draft multi-agency practice guidelines earlier this year which were based on the Multi-Agency Practice Guidelines issued by the Home Office.

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