Those responsible for committing female genital mutilation will be brought to justice, the Metropolitan Police said, as part of a new scheme aimed at supporting victims of the crime.
Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven, of Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said:
This practice cannot be disguised as being part of any culture, it is child abuse and offenders will be relentlessly pursued.
The NSPCC taking on the issue of female genital mutilation is progress; Proof that this issue is moving into the mainstream agenda.
Julia Lalla-Maharajh from the Orchid Project which works to end the practice of FGM argues that more needs to be done to protect women.