3. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is an extremely painful and harmful practice that blights the lives of many girls and women.
4. FGM has been a specific criminal offence in this country since 1985. Other powers are available to the courts including Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FGMPO) which is a civil law measure, designed to protect those at risk of FGM.
5. This Bill relates to a small, technical amendment to close a gap in the law in relation to proceedings for female genital mutilation protection orders. It will mean that when a court is dealing with an application for an FGMPO, it will also have powers available under the Children Act 1989 to make other orders regarding the welfare of the child. This will improve the ability of the court to act quickly to protect children at risk.