Experts fear rise in female genital mutilation cases in North Somerset
PUBLISHED: 16:30 20 August 2017
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A 'small number of girls who live in North Somerset have suffered from female genital mutilation - but experts expect to see an increase in the coming years.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves any injury to a girl or woman’s genitals for non-medical reasons.
It is against the law, and as well as the physical harm, often causes long term psychological effects.
A North Somerset Council report assessing the support offered to children in the district has highlighted how a small number of cases of have already been identified.
The children and young person’s scrutiny panel report 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.