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The Department of Health has issued updated guidance explaining healthcare professionals' duty to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in girls under 18.
Healthcare professionals must report to the police any cases of FGM in girls under 18 that they come across in their work. This duty came into force on 31 October 2015. These revised documents support healthcare professionals to carry out this duty. They include:
guidance on what healthcare professionals should do if they think a child has had or is at risk of FGM
guidance for confirming ‘known’ cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds
a poster explaining what the duty means for healthcare professionals