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Changes to the Female Genital Mutilation law

By Afrah Qassim

FGM is already against the law in the UK and has been a criminal offence since 1985 that carries a penalty of 14 years in prison. There is now the new Serious Crime Act 2015 which introduced the following:

• Habitual residency decided upon a case by case basis
• Introduced an offence of failing to protect a girl from FGM
• Provide a lifelong anonymity for victims
• FGM Protection Order
• Mandatory reporting to police for cases where FGM identified in under 18
• Duty is on the individuals- teachers, social workers, and NHS health care professionals

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