Mandatory Reporting of FGM Consultation

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January 2015
January 2015

From 5 December 2014 to 12 January 2015, the Home Office ran a consultation seeking views on how to introduce a mandatory reporting requirement in cases of female genital mutilation (FGM). MWNUK responded to the consultation.

MWNUKs constant concern has been that whilst FGM is a complex issue prevalent within a wide cross-section of communities of varying faiths and ethnicities, there are particular hurdles and barriers as well as systematic failures which as a collective are contributing towards the continued existence of FGM in UK.

7. We believe that victims/survivors, including potential victims, are at particular risk of being overlooked by service providers and support agencies due to a lack of will, understanding and/or ability. In turn, it leads to an inability to deter perpetrators through legislation, and these issues will continue until properly addressed whether or not civil law measures are pursued. We attempt to address these matters within our Consultation response and hope our comments are taken into consideration with regard to your proposal to introduce mandatory reporting.

Our full response can be downloaded above

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