Prosecution of FGM (1)

MQT on 2017-03-22
Session date: 
March 22, 2017
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


NHS figures show that 5,500 recorded cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in 2016, but no one has been successfully prosecuted.  West Midlands Police has recently stated a reluctance to prosecute cases of FGM.  What action is the MPS taking to ensure that cases of FGM are prosecuted?


Answer for Prosecution of FGM (1)

Answer for Prosecution of FGM (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Written response from the Mayor

Tackling FGM in partnership with the police and other partners is an important part of my mayoralty.


I am determined to do all I can to protect Londoners from this horrific form of abuse.


The MPS is working hard to support and identify victims. Key to securing prosecutions is encouraging information and intelligence to be shared by both the affected communities and professionals with safeguarding responsibilities.


The police service’s Project Azure has developed referral pathways to encourage this information sharing. Azure promotes a nuanced role for the police in order to increase confidence in communities that are likely to practice FGM. 


Azure does this via media engagement, conferences and training of professionals. Project Azure reviews all FGM flagged crime reports to identify good practice and investigative opportunities. 


Project Azure also maintains close links with the CPS to review national and international good practice around prosecution.