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Teachers face legal duty to report FGM cases in drive to bring mutilators to justice
by Martin Bentham
Teachers may be given a legal duty to report cases of female genital mutilation as part of a drive by ministers to combat the crime.
Home Office minister Norman Baker said there was "weight" behind calls for mandatory reporting by schools and believed it could help bring mutilators to justice.
He added that the idea was "certainly on the agenda" and would be assessed more fully at a ministerial summit on FGM next month. The change would mean teachers and other school staff would have to report concerns over girls at risk of mutilation to officials or police.
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