Reporting all FGM in the UK as child abuse may not be the best way to reduce the prevalence ;
Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation ( FGM) and child abuse can not be the first most appropriate measure to reduce FGM in the UK and instead of a multifaceted approach to health workers, education of women at risk of FGM and mandatory incorporation detection of risk factors FGM during prenatal care can be more effective by Maria Luisa Amasanti, the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, UK, and colleagues in an essay published in PLoS Medicine this week .
FGM is illegal in the UK since 1985 and since 2003 anyone found guilty of an offense under the Act FGM is punishable by imprisonment up to 14 years . In 2015 he became a mandatory requirement for reporting confirmed visually or verbally released of FGM in girls under 18 in England and Wales police cases.
The authors note that “[m] andatory recording data is a useful intervention, as we will provide more accurate information, enabling more informed to make decisions and act accordingly […] mandatory reporting of all FGM as child abuse is a point of discussion with highly disparate whether this would be an effective solution views. There is a fear by some public bodies that mandatory reporting of FGM as child abuse and the threat of processing could potentially lead the problem of FGM further underground. “
The authors conclude that “we believe that the three-step approach (1) educate health workers , (2) education of women and girls at risk, and (3) incorporation of mandatory prenatal screening is an effective approach that is compassionate. These are proactive measures that rely heavily on awareness and training, along with proper documentation and communication flowing from prenatal care to obstetric care care GP postpartum care. This is where the role of health workers comes to the fore and where we can make a positive change. ”
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