MQT on 2015-07-15
Session date: 
July 15, 2015
Question By: 
Fiona Twycross
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


At the end of last year I raised with you the fact that 10 out of 12 cases of FGM cases put forward by the MPS to the CPS have fallen. The Commissioner of the MPS said he would look into this. Can you please provide an update on what is being done to ensure genuine cases lead to a prosecution?


Answer for FGM

Answer for FGM

Answered By: 
The Mayor

All allegations of FGM are investigated by the MPS Child Abuse Investigation Teams.  Allegations are reviewed on the day of reporting by the Detective Superintendent who manages these teams.  

A protocol has been developed between the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and MPS in relation to investigation and prosecution of any FGM cases. This has resulted in a dedicated lead on FGM from the CPS. The Detective Superintendent also holds monthly meetings with this lead to discuss each case.  This enables the police to seek early CPS advice and guidance and to subsequently discuss the ongoing progress of investigations. The change in law to protect those who are habitually resident in the UK (as well as UK citizens) may help evidentially with prosecutions. The recently enforceable FGM Protection Orders may also increase the number of cases in the criminal justice system.

HMIC is looking at the MPS and other forces across the country specifically on so called 'honour' based violence and FGM.