A review of the law surrounding female genital mutilation protection orders

Home, Joseph, Rowland, Andrew, Gerry, Felicity, Proudman, Charlotte and Walton, Kimberley 2020, A review of the law surrounding female genital mutilation protection orders, British Journal of Midwifery, vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 418-429, doi: 10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.418.

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Title A review of the law surrounding female genital mutilation protection orders
Author(s) Home, Joseph
Rowland, Andrew
Gerry, FelicityORCID iD for Gerry, Felicity orcid.org/0000-0003-0431-9492
Proudman, Charlotte
Walton, Kimberley
Journal name British Journal of Midwifery
Volume number 28
Issue number 7
Start page 418
End page 429
Total pages 13
Publisher Mark Allen
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2020-07-02
ISSN 0969-4900
2052-4307
Keyword(s) Female genital mutilation
Protection order
Midwife
Continuing professional development
Summary Performing female genital mutilation (FGM) is prohibited within the UK by the FGM Act of 2003. A mandatory reporting duty for FGM requires regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales to report known cases of FGM in under 18-year-olds to the police. An application to the court for an FGM protection order (FGMPO) can be made to keep individual women and girls safe from FGM. This paper reveals the significant disconnect between the number of FGMPO applications and known recorded cases of FGM. The introduction of FGMPOs requires critical exploration as there is insufficient evidence to show that FGMPOs are effective in protecting women and girls from FGM. It is therefore unclear what impact, if any, FGMPOs are having upon the protection of women and girls at risk of FGM. The barriers to the implementation of FGMPOs and possible solutions are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.12968/bjom.2020.28.7.418
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Field of Research 1110 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30145070

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: Faculty of Business and Law
Law
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