Female Genital Mutilation (duty to report)
Keeping Children Safe in Education has been updated to include information on the new duty
The most recent version of Keeping Children Safe in Education has been updated to include information on the new duty, under the Serious Crime Act 2015, for certain professionals (including teachers) to notify the police when they discover that FGM appears to have been carried out on a girl under 18. The duty came into force on 1 October.
The Act specifies that discovering an act of FGM includes: where a girl informs a teacher that an act of female genital mutilation (however described) has been carried out on her; or where a teacher observes physical signs on the girl appearing to show that an act of female genital mutilation has been carried out on her, and the teacher has no reason to believe that the act was, or was part of, a surgical operation.
The Home Office has published a series of factsheets on the protection of children and miscellaneous sections of the Serious Crime Act, which includes a factsheet on FGM.
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