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Mandatory police reporting of female genital mutilation in under 18s: experience of healthcare professionals
  1. Jane Ashby1,
  2. Ania Richardson1,
  3. Daniela Brawley2,
  4. Elizabeth Hamlyn3
  5. on behalf of BASHH Adolescent Special Interest Group
  1. 1 Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2 NHS Grampian Sexual Health and Blood Borne Virus MCN, Aberdeen, UK
  3. 3 King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ania Richardson, Department of Genitourinary Medicine, Mortimer Market Centre, London WC1E 6JB, UK; ania.richardson{at}

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Since October 2015, it has been mandatory in England and Wales to report female genital mutilation (FGM) in girls aged <under 18 to the police. The British Association for Sexual Health and HIV Adolescent Special Interest Group conducted a UK-wide survey of healthcare professionals aiming to capture experience of FGM reporting.

A total of 76 responses were received over a 4-week period. Ninety per cent of respondents worked in sexual health services; responses were also received from contraception …

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  • Handling editor Jackie A Cassell

  • Collaborators British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) Adolescent Sexual Health Special Interest Group

  • Contributors Survey design by JA, DB and EH. Survey implementation by JA. Survey analysis by JA, EH and AR.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.