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Department of Health issues reminder to be vigilant over #FGM

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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About Paul Hooper, WCC (586 Articles)
Group Manager: Community Safety and Substance Misuse
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