Frontline medical staff and others are being urged to be more aware of signs that young girls could be at risk of female genital mutilation.
This is a time of year when many young girls are taken abroad to have FGM performed, in order that they can ‘heal’ over the long summer holiday period – mainly to avoid detection when they return to school.
Some of the signs to look out for are:
Young girls attending for inoculations to travel to countries with high FGM prevalence
Young girls talking about travelling home for ‘special’ ceremonies or rituals
Families planning absence from school that would extend the summer holiday period
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