Drop in number of new FGM cases reported could be misleading, charity warns

Fears of having children taken into care may be driving a recent drop in the number of women and girls who have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM) identified by the NHS, a charity has warned.

NHS Digital figures published this week show that the number of new cases of FGM reported by the NHS between July and September has fallen by a third since reporting first started in April 2015.

The latest figures show 1,060 women were identified in the NHS as having experienced FGM, also known as female circumcision or “cutting”, down from 1,570 in the first quarter of reporting.


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