No orders made to protect Welsh girls at risk of FGM

FGM protection orders (FGMPO) ban those at risk of the practice from being taken outside the UK.

While 77 of the orders were granted by courts in England between July 2015 and June 2016, not one was imposed in Wales.

The NSPCC, who obtained the data, said FGM had “no place in any society”.

Charity Welsh Women’s Aid added: “The lack of prosecutions and FGM protection orders in Wales highlights that, despite legislation, there is still a need for a stronger commitment to changing attitudes as well as a commitment to support provision of specialist services for girls and women affected by FGM.”

It called for national and local support for community-based interventions to “challenge attitudes and identify girls at risk”, and for professionals, such as school staff and health visitors, to be specially trained.

 

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