New data taken between April 2015 and March 2016 revealed 43 newly recorded cases of female genital mutilation involving women and girls born in the United Kingdom.
Alarmingly 18 of these were reported to have been undertaken in the UK. Females of Eastern African decent accounted for more than one third of all newly recorded cases with girls of heritages based in the Sudan, Nigeria and the Gambia featuring heavily. The most frequent age range at which female genital mutilation is carried out is between five and nine years old so awareness of this as a safeguarding issue must start in early years settings.
If you want to find out more about how to tackle female genital mutilation, One Education offers safeguarding briefings around this horrific issue and it also features in our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Foundation training.