Use of Child Protection Registers in cases of FGM

MQT on 2013-07-17
Session date: 
July 17, 2013
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The recent report 'Violence Against Women and Girls' from the House of Commons International Development Committee found that the Metropolitan Police does not collaborate with social services to ensure that at-risk girls are placed on the Child Protection Register. What steps will you take to ensure that there is a more joined up approach to tackling FGM in London and that child protection policies are used as part of the way to safeguard at-risk girls?


Answer for Use of Child Protection Registers in cases of FGM

Answer for Use of Child Protection Registers in cases of FGM

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I have established a Harmful Practices Taskforce which brings together key London partners including the MPS to coordinate and improve the way we tackle harmful practices including FGM in London.

The Taskforce is currently developing a pilot initiative which will focus on early identification, prevention, safeguarding, enforcement and community engagement. I absolutely agree that existing child protection policies and frameworks should be routinely utilised to safeguard girls at risk of this form of violence and through my second Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) strategy and the Taskforce I will work with London partners to ensure that this happens.

As highlighted by the Co-Chair of my Violence Against Women and Girls Panel, Joan Smith (Journalist, Author and Women's Rights Campaigner) in her article in the Independent on Sunday on 21 July 2013, the police alone cannot tackle this hidden crime. They need professionals such as teachers and GPs to identify and refer cases on but at present few are able to spot the warning signs. Community engagement is also crucial. All of these issues will feed into through the London Harmful Practices pilot intiative my second London VAWG strategy which is out for public consultation until 9 August.