Added by Freedom of Information Team on 21 April 2016 at 11:41
How many cases of female genital mutilation have been reported to your force in the past 12 months.
How many arrests and prosecution have followed as a result of these complaints.
Please note these figures relate to incidents reported to Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Other agencies are also involved in dealing with these types of offences therefore these figures may not reflect an accurate picture of FGM within the jurisdiction of the Constabulary.
All reports to the police are recorded within the crime recording database as crimes/incidents or intelligence reports and are all overseen by the Public Protection Unit Investigation teams and Safeguarding units and are all thoroughly investigated.
We have identified 45 reports of female genital mutilation in the last 12 months. This includes both crime, no crime and non- recordable reports. There have been no arrests or prosecutions. We have two ongoing cases that are being investigated.
In relation to FGM in many of the cases there was insufficient evidence to show that a crime had been committed but police, in conjunction with Social Care, responded to these concerns to minimise any risk to the child. This response involves a direct approach to the child, followed by an approach to parents where the law concerning FGM is reiterated. Parents are asked to sign an agreement confirming that they will not subject their daughter to FGM and are advised that the situation will be monitored. Since 17th July 2015 the law now allows for FGM Protection Orders to be issued by the Family Court in higher risk cases.
In Bristol, Avon & Somerset Police are part of The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Delivery and Safeguarding Partnership, which is a group of statutory agencies, voluntary groups, charities and members of Bristol’s local communities working together with the common goal of stopping FGM. This group reports to the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) and the Bristol Domestic and Sexual Abuse Strategy Group coordinated by Safer Bristol.
Date of Request: 18.02.16