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FGM taboo to end?

7 March 2014

As news from the last few weeks has shown FGM is not an issue confined to the developing world, it is a real child protection risk in the UK.

According to a report in The Times the MoJ has said it will consult on the idea of a new court order to protect those at risk of FGM. This would be a huge step in the right direction, schools and front line practitioners can look for signs and follow guidance but what good is this without some way of getting protection for the child at risk?

Schools have been all too aware of cultural sensitivities surrounding FGM and have perhaps not been as proactive as they could be. With news of imminent guidance and a proposed court order this could finally tackle this illegal practice. The order is likely to allow schools (as well as the child) to take the step to protect children, as part of their safeguarding remit schools will need to be aware of the grounds for pursuing such an order and be ready to tackle the issue.

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