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Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is illegal in the UK and should be viewed and responded to as a form of physical child abuse. Health professionals in England and Wales now have a mandatory duty to report cases of FGM to the police if:
- they are informed by a child under the age of 18 that they have undergone FGM.
- they observe physical signs that an act of FGM may have been carried out on a child under the age of 18 (Section 74 Serious Crime Act 2015).