Girls in Britain are at risk of being forced to undergo female genital mutilation and professionals need to be alert, a High Court judge says.
Mr Justice Keehan says police, social workers, teachers and medics must be aware of warning signs and know how to help.
The judge, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, has outlined his thoughts in the foreword to a new book about female genital mutilation (FGM) and the law.
Female Genital Mutilation Law and Practice, written by barrister Zimran Samuel, offers guidance to protective measures available.
“The practice of female genital mutilation remains widespread across the globe, especially in parts of North Africa, but a substantial number of mutilations are reported to have been undertaken in this jurisdiction,” says Mr Justice Keehan.
“Accordingly, the risk to girls and young women living in this jurisdiction is not limited to being taken abroad to be subjected to FGM, but includes the risk of having the mutilation performed in this country.