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Female genital mutilation

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A new duty on teachers came into effect on 31 October 2015 known as the ‘FGM mandatory reporting duty’.

It applies in England and Wales to ‘qualified teachers or persons who are employed or engaged to carry out teaching work in schools and other institutions’.  In Wales, the duty applies to persons regulated by the Education Workforce Council.

Teachers are obliged to report known cases of FGM involving young women and girls who are under 18.  If incidents come to light after a woman’s 18th birthday, but took place before her 18th birthday, the duty still applies.

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