The National FGM Centre, which is run by the children’s charity Barnardo’s and the Local Government Association (LGA), tries to prevent the practice, but its director Michelle Lee-Izu is warning it could be at risk of closure if government funding is withdrawn.
Wendy Preston, from the Royal College of Nursing, said: “Mandatory reporting and compulsory sex-and-relationships education are important weapons in the fight against FGM, and school nurses play a vital role in both educating children and young women, and spotting those who may be at risk.
Cllr Simon Blackburn, from the LGA, said the government “must act now” to secure the National FGM Centre’s “long-term future” by providing guaranteed funding.
Anyone concerned about someone who has suffered, or is at risk of FGM, can contact the NSPCC FGM Helpline anonymously on 0800 028 3550 or visit nspcc.org.uk.
Mr Blackburn added that the government needed to back its commitment to ending FGM in the UK “with the long-term funding required to make that vision a reality”..