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Government to introduce mandatory reporting of FGM

Obligation to be limited to victims under 18

The government is to introduce mandatory reporting of FGM.

In December 2014 the Home Office issued a paper, 'Introducing mandatory reporting for female genital mutilation: a consultation'. Its purpose was to enable the Government to scope and explore fully how to introduce a mandatory reporting requirement for cases of female genital mutilation (FGM). The consultation sought views on: 

The consultation also sought views on introducing statutory multi-agency guidelines on FGM.

The Home Office will now introduce a new mandatory reporting duty through amendments to the Serious Crime Bill. The proposed duty will: 

Failure to comply with the duty will be dealt with via existing disciplinary frameworks.

In addition to the duty, the Government will include a measure in the Serious Crime Bill to provide multi-agency statutory guidance for front-line professionals, to which they will be required to have regard.

The summary of responses to the consultation is here.