Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill: equality impact assessment

Equality impact assessment (EQIA) for the new Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill.

Equality Impact Assessment Record

Title of policy/ practice/strategy/ legislation etc. Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill
Minister Minister for Older People and Equalities
Lead Official Trevor Owen
Officials involved in the EQIA Name Team
Nadia Abu-Hussain Ian Turner Violence Against Women and Girls Team
Division: Team
Local Government and Communities:
Equalities, Human Rights and the Third Sector: Violence Against Women and Girls
Is this new policy or revision to an existing policy? Existing policy delivery


Policy Aim

The aim of the Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill is to strengthen the existing legislative framework to offer extra protection to women and girls at risk of FGM. This Bill will seek to instate provisions to introduce statutory guidance for professionals, and to create FGM Protection Orders.

The National Outcomes this contributes to are:

  • We grow up loved, safe and respected so that people realise their full potential
  • We live in communities that are inclusive, empowered, resilient and safe
  • We are healthy and active
  • We respect, protect and fulfil human rights and live free from discrimination

Who will it affect?

The provisions set out in the new legislation will directly impact members of potentially affected communities, primarily young girls, and also frontline practitioners who may have to respond to individuals affected or who are potentially at risk of the practice.

What might prevent the desired outcomes being achieved?

The hidden nature of this practice could have an effect on achieving outcomes.


Email: nadia.abu-hussain@gov.scot

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