Teachers, doctors and social workers will be given extra training to identify and help girls who might be at risk of becoming victims of female genital mutilation (FGM).
The measures will see new guidance for professionals become part of compulsory training in public sector organisations.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will set out a package of measures to tackle FGM at a summit tomorrow.
The plan will involve supporting a small network of "community champions" to encourage volunteers who want to provide help in areas affected by FGM.
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