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Campaign to raise awareness of FGM

Credit: Northants Police

A campaign's been launched in Northamptonshire to raise awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The campaign is being funded by Northamptonshire Police and is timed to coincide with the run-up to the summer holidays, when children may be at a higher risk of being taken abroad to have FGM carried out.

The aim is to send out a very clear message: FGM is child abuse.

It is recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women and is illegal in the UK. It is also illegal to take a British national or permanent resident abroad for FGM or to help someone trying to do this.

Between September 2014 and March 2015, 3,963 newly identified cases were reported in England. Northampton General Hospital recorded 30 cases of FGM.

FGM is abuse and violence against girls and women. It’s illegal in the UK and carries a maximum sentence of 14 years imprisonment.

A new mandatory reporting duty for FGM was introduced last year, requiring regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in girls under-18 to the police.

It’s essential that everybody, including teachers, doctors and other professionals, understand the warning signs that a girl might be at risk. We all need to do everything we can to protect girls and prevent this harmful and unlawful practice.”

– Rachel Swann, Assistant Chief Constable of Northamptonshire Police

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