A new helpline is being launched to help girls at risk of suffering female genital mutilation in the UK.
The NSPCC with the support of the Metropolitan Police and the Royal College of Midwives have said they will tackle what they call an abusive practice carried out on young girls and even babies.
More than 70 women and girls in the UK are seeking treatment every month for problems linked to FGM, the charity warned, saying the 1,700 victims referred to specialist clinics in the last two years were likely to be a fraction of the total affected by the practice.
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.