NSPCC wants teachers to fulfill vital role against FGM

Teachers in the UK must be better trained to help protect young girls from the dangers of female genital mutilation (FGM), Britain's biggest children's charity has warned.

The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) found 83 per cent of teaching staff have not had child protection training about girls at risk of FGM, while one in six did not know that it is illegal in this country.

Furthermore, 68 per cent stated that they were unaware that the UK government has issued guidance telling teachers how they can tackle the risk of FGM in their schools.

The NSPCC believes with correct training, staff may be able to play a vital role in combating the practice - which is described as a violation of human rights by the World Health Organization - and bringing perpetrators to justice.

Lisa Harker, head of strategy at the charity, said: "There are young girls in British classrooms who will be subjected to the agony and trauma of FGM and a life of pain, but teachers on the frontline in the fight against FGM clearly feel unprepared for this role."

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