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FOI 6745

Female Genital Mutilation

Request

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act I am writing to obtain information relating to the number of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) cases that this local authority has come into contact with.

To clarify, our definition of the term ‘girls’ refers to females under the age of 18. The term ‘women’ refers to females 18 years of age and above.

Please provide answers to each of these questions for the financial years 2010-2011, 2011-1012 and 2012-2013:

1. Do all local authority personnel receive training on the 2003 Female Genital Mutilation Act legislation? If not, how many have received this training?

2. How many girls does this local authority have on its child protection register due to concerns that they are at risk of undergoing FGM?

3. How many case referrals has this local authority recorded due to concerns that girls were:
(A) At risk of undergoing FGM?
(B) Thought to have already undergone FGM?

If you are unable to break this figure down I will accept a total figure of referrals.

4. On how many occasions has this local authority applied to the courts for Emergency Protection Orders due to concerns that girls were:
(A) At risk of undergoing FGM? (under Section 44 of the Children Act 1989)
(B) Thought to have already undergone FGM?

On how many occasions did these courts grant these respective Emergency Protection Orders?

If you are unable to break these figures down between (A) and (B) I will accept total figures.

5. On how many occasions has this local authority applied to the courts for courts for Child Assessment Orders, Supervision Orders or Care Orders due to concerns that girls were:
(A) At risk of undergoing FGM? (Children Act 1989)
(B) Thought to have already undergone FGM?

On how many occasions did these courts grant these respective orders?

If you are unable to break these figures down between (A) and (B) I will accept total figures.

6. On how many occasions has this local authority applied to the courts for:
(A) Prohibited Steps Orders due to concerns that girls were at risk of undergoing FGM?
(B) Orders for the Surrender of Passports due to concerns that girls were at risk of undergoing FGM?

On how many occasions did these courts grant these respective orders?

7. On how many occasions has this local authority applied to the courts for wardships with a view to repatriating girls thought to be at risk of FGM, who have been taken out of the UK? On how many occasions did these courts grant these wardships?

8. How many times has this local authority requested medical examinations of:
(A) Girls thought to have undergone FGM?
(B) Women thought to have undergone FGM?

How many times have these medical examinations taken place?

If you are unable to break these figures down between (A) and (B) I will accept total figures.

Response

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request relating to information regarding Female Genital Mutilation. The information you seek would not be held by this authority but by Essex Safe Guard Children’s Board which is based at Essex County Council offices.