Overview of the Bill
1. The purpose of the Bill is to amend section 8(4) of the Children Act 1989 ("the 1989 Act") to add proceedings for Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders ("FGMPOs") in England and Wales, under Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003, to the list of proceedings which are "family proceedings" for the purpose of the 1989 Act.
2. The effect of the amendment proposed by the Bill would be to allow an applicant for an FGMPO to also apply for a care or supervision order (or other such appropriate order under the 1989 Act) as part of the same proceedings, rather than having to issue separate proceedings for such orders as at present. It would also enable a judge to exercise certain powers under the Children Act 1989 within the existing FGMPO proceedings.