FGM Protection Orders launched in time for school holidays
The launch of the Serious Crime Act 2015's new provision for FGM Protection Orders has been fast-tracked, coming into effect ahead of the school summer holidays, when girls are at particular risk of being taken abroad for FGM to be carried out.
As of 17 July 2015, anyone who fears that someone is at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) can apply to a family court for a FGM Protection Order. This includes people who think they could be victims themselves or are already victims, local authorities, teachers, doctors, social workers or other third parties.
FGM Protection Orders will help to safeguard girls who are at risk of FGM at home or abroad. If the court makes a FGMPO, the specific conditions could include confiscating passports or travel documents to prevent girls from being taken abroad, or stopping someone from bringing a 'cutter' to the UK for the purposes of committing FGM on a girl.
23 family courts throughout England will deal with the applications for FGM Protection Orders, those nearest to Northamptonshire are:
- Birmingham Civil and Family Justice Centre
- Leicester County Court and Family Centre
- Luton County Court and Family Court
- Oxford Combined Court and Family Court Hearing Centre
Breach of a FGMPO is a criminal offence carrying a sentence of up to five year in prison.
For further information, download FGMPOs: a guide to the court process. This contains all the relevant information including the link to the FGMPO application form.
Last updated: 20 July 2015