An estimated 137,000 girls and women in England and Wales live with the devastating consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM).
A further 23,000 girls under 15 are thought to be at risk, with those between five and eight most at risk. It might be on your minds in school following a BBC report this week.
Schools have a statutory duty to ensure that all staff are aware of FGM and are alert to the indicators. When inspecting safeguarding, Ofsted will also expect children to be taught about the issue including how and where to get help.
An NSPCC survey suggests that many teachers still have very little knowledge about the practice and have yet to receive training.