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Children’s social workers, teachers and health professionals will face losing their job if they fail to report cases of female genital mutilation

The government has said it will introduce a new duty to make reporting of FGM mandatory through amendments to the Serious Crime Bill, with the aim of a change in the law before the general election.

The mandatory reporting will be restricted to victims under the age of 18 and will only be required for “known” cases of FGM, where the victim confirms the procedure has take place, or it is visually confirmed, rather than “suspected” cases. Reports will have to be made to police within one month of disclosure or identification taking place. Failure to report a known case of FGM will be dealt with through existing disciplinary frameworks of the relevant regulator for each of the professions.

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