Publication - Consultation paper

Strengthening protection from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): consultation

Published: 4 Oct 2018

We are seeking views on plans to strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of gender based violence. 

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29 page PDF

531.5 kB

Strengthening protection from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): consultation

29 page PDF

531.5 kB

ISBN 978 1 78781 2659 (web only publication)
PPDAS 475926

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An errata was published on 24 October 2018. A change was made to the response closing date on page 5, amended from 20 December 2018 to 04 January 2019.

The pdf and html have both been updated within the document to reflect this change.


Ministerial Foreword

Part 1: The Consultation
How to Respond
Respond Online
Other Ways to Respond
Next Steps

Part 2: Introduction

Part 3: Background
Physical description of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Health Impacts
Perpetrators of FGM
Countries where FGM takes place
FGM in Scotland

Part 4: Policy and Legislative Context
Equally Safe: Scotland's strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls
Scotland's National Action Plan to prevent and eradicate Female Genital Mutilation
FGM and the law

Part 5: Consideration of Additional Protections

Part 6: Proposals to Strengthen Protections and Questions
Anonymity for victims of female genital mutilation
Offence of failing to protect a girl from risk of genital mutilation
Female genital mutilation protection orders
Duty to notify police of female genital mutilation
Guidance about female genital mutilation
Other issues

Annex A - Results of FGM Stakeholder Survey Conducted in 2015