Small number of FGM cases in North Somerset expected to rise

PUBLISHED: 17:30 09 August 2017

Those who work with children are getting training to help them spot the signs of FGM.

Those who work with children are getting training to help them spot the signs of FGM.

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A rise in the number of girls who have suffered from female genital mutilation is expected to be seen in North Somerset.

A report assessing support for children in the district has highlighted how a small number of cases have already been identified.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves any injury to a girl or woman’s genitals for non-medical reasons.

It is illegal and often causes long-term psychological effects.

The report, produced for North Somerset Council’s young person scrutiny panel, said: “We anticipate as partners become more aware through training we may see an increase in referrals.”

Training is provided to those who deal with children in North Somerset, and it will show staff what to do when concerns are raised.

Avon and Somerset police applied for 10 FGM protection orders to protect victims in the first 18 months after new laws were introduced in 2015.

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