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Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 comes into force

The Children Act 1989 (Amendment) (Female Genital Mutilation) Act 2019 received Royal Assent on 15 March 2019. It comes into force immediately. The effect of the statute is to amend the Children Act 1989 so that proceedings under Section 5A of, and Schedule 2 to, the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 are family proceedings. One effect of the change is to permit the court to make an interim care order where FGM has taken place.

In the second reading debate, Zac Goldsmith, the sponsor of the Bill, said:

"That is clearly an omission in the law, and it means that our courts do not have the full suite of powers necessary to protect girls who are at risk."

For the statute, click here. For the Hansard debates at all stages of the Act's passage through Parliament, click here.