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Teachers 'must be trained' to protect girls as young as four from genital mutilation
by Martin Bentham
Schools are failing in their official duty to protect girls as young as four from female genital mutilation because teachers are not trained to identify when pupils are at risk, Britain's biggest children's charity warned today.
The NSPCC says that staff could play a vital role in combating the potentially life-threatening practice and bringing perpetrators to justice.
But it says that an absence of training means that most staff are unaware of the warning signs and that some are so ignorant about the abuse that they do not even realise that it is a crime.
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