UK professionals face dismissal for failure to report child FGM

February 13, 2015 12:43 PM

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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Healthcare professionals and teachers in England and Wales who fail to report cases of female genital mutilation in children could be fired under a new law which campaigners said was vital to protect girls at risk.

Doctors, nurses, social workers and teachers will have to report cases of FGM in girls under the age of 18 to police within a month of discovering them, under proposed legislation expected to be passed before a general election on May 7.

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