More doctors should be trained in identifying female genital mutilation in children, says judge

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 19 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h273
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1The BMJ

The senior family judge for England and Wales has called for better paediatric knowledge for dealing with female genital mutilation (FGM) and a more rigorous approach to examining children, in the first UK case of suspected FGM to reach the family courts.

James Munby, president of the High Court’s family division, said that he was not persuaded that a 3 year old girl had been subjected to FGM in this “unusual and complex” case, although two of three expert witnesses thought that she had.

Leeds City Council argued that the girl from an African Muslim family, who was not named, had experienced significant harm from undergoing the practice and that she and her 4 year old brother should be adopted. The children, who are …

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