Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecutions

Attorney General written question – answered on 27th February 2018.

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Photo of Rosie Duffield Rosie Duffield Labour, Canterbury

To ask the Attorney General, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of prosecutions for female genital mutilation.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has made the prosecution of female genital mutilation (FGM) a priority and has introduced a series of measures to further improve its handling of these cases. Every FGM case reported to the police is eligible for early investigative advice from the CPS, and training on FGM has been delivered to investigators and prosecutors across the country.

The CPS has also appointed lead FGM prosecutors for each CPS area and agreed investigation and prosecution protocols with local police forces.

Where FGM is not charged, other offences will be considered, and the CPS has developed an aide memoire for prosecutors and police identifying other offences which may be considered in the event that evidence does not support an offence under the FGM Act 2003.

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