System is 'failing' girls at risk of genital mutilation

The British health and social care system is "failing" young girls and babies who are at risk of being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM), experts have warned.

Some of the blunt and dirty tool used to carry out FGM in Dodoma, Tanzania.
Some of the blunt and dirty tool used to carry out FGM in Dodoma, Tanzania. Credit: PA

The report says "at risk" girls are not receiving "adequate protection" against the barbaric procedure - classed as torture by the United Nations - with some care workers feeling that FGM does not lie within their remit.

There is no accountability in performance of health and social care workers and a lack of consistent data, according to the report by experts from the Royal College of Midwives, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Equality Now and union Unite.

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Calls to act on genital mutilation

The health and social care system is failing young girls at risk of genital mutilation and more needs done to enact existing child protection laws to stamp out the practice, a new report by health organisations and human rights groups.