It is now mandatory for health, social care professionals and teachers to report to the police all under-18s where female genital mutilation (FGM) has been disclosed by the child or where physical signs of FGM are seen. Such referrals are likely to result in a request for medical examination. New multiagency statutory guidance sets out instructions for physical examination but provides no details how services should be set-up. This review gives practical guidance learnt from the first year of the UK's only dedicated children's FGM service.
- Child Abuse
- Paediatric Practice
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Contributors SMC wrote the paper. DH wrote the paper. SMC and DH work together in the service described.
Competing interests None declared.
Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.