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TEACHERS are being urged to keep a watchful eye on girls at risk of being flown abroad during the Christmas break to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM).
The National FGM Centre, which is jointly run by children’s charity Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association, said that youngsters could be at risk over the festive period.
Professionals including teachers, social workers and healthcare staff should be aware of warning signs and know how to help prevent the practice, the centre said.
Official NHS Digital figures show that in England alone there were 1,060 newly recorded cases of FGM between July and September 2017. The practice is illegal in Britain.
“FGM is child abuse and no girl should ever have to live with the harmful physical and emotional consequences of this terrible practice,” said Michelle Lee-Izu, director of the National FGM Centre.
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