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BPS hails action on female genital mutilation
The British Psychological Society (BPS) has commended the UK government for taking steps to tackle female genital mutilation.
Dr Belinda Brooks-Gordon, a chartered psychologist at the body, said it is good to see policymakers "doing something" about this ongoing problem, as it should "help for future years".
"Right now it is necessary to educate teachers to understand the issue, because many are oblivious or ignore it," she commented.
A leaflet on female genital mutilation is to be published by the government in the near future. This will be a pocket-sized document that outlines information on what help and support channels are available to those affected, as well as details on what penalties offenders can expect to receive.
Dr Brooks-Gordon said public awareness on female genital mutilation needs to increase.
She added that healthcare professionals from cultures that practice the procedure are using their knowledge of medicine to benefit themselves "at the expense" of the young girls who are abused.
Posted by Alexandra George