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Centre's work is vital in preventing new cases of FGM

Release Date: 05 Sep 2017

In response to the statistics released today by NHS Digital about the number of identified cases of FGM in England, the director of the National FGM Centre, Michelle Lee-Izu said:

FGM is child abuse and a human rights violation and can have a life-long impact on the physical and emotional health of women and girls affected.

The National FGM Centre, run by Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association, is tackling the issue by working directly with families, providing training and development for professionals, and engaging with communities through education events.

Today’s figures show how vital the Centre’s work is in preventing new cases of FGM, but also how much more needs to be done to achieve the government’s target of ending this hidden form of child abuse in the UK by 2030.

Agencies must work better together to prevent FGM from happening by identifying girls at risk and helping to prosecute families and carers who fail to protect girls from this type of abuse.

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