Female Genital Mutilation: Children

Home Office written question – answered on 16th March 2020.

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Photo of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many reports of cases of female genital mutilation, or suspected female genital mutilation, they have received under the mandatory reporting for under-18s duty in the Serious Crime Act 2015 since that Act received Royal Assent.

Photo of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation for under 18s duty.

Photo of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of criminalising female genital mutilation.

Photo of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been any increase in those who commit female genital mutilation being (1) prosecuted, and (2) found guilty, in the UK since the Serious Crime Act 2015 received Royal Assent.

Photo of Baroness Williams of Trafford Baroness Williams of Trafford The Minister of State, Home Department

FGM is a crime and it is child abuse. The Government will not tolerate a practice that can cause extreme and lifelong physical and psychological suffering to women and girls. We significantly strengthened the law in 2015 in order to improve protection for victims and those at risk, and to break down the barriers to prosecution.

The first UK conviction for FGM took place on 1 February 2019 and the perpetrator was sentenced to 11 years in prison. The Home Office does not collate information on prosecutions centrally. Information on FGM prosecutions can be found in the Violence Against Women and Girls Reports, which are published annually by the Crown Prosecution Service.

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