The Prime Minister launched a consultation
seeking views on whether the introduction of a specific civil law measure
could help protect potential victims of Female Genital Mutilation
FGM has been a specific criminal offence since 1985 but there have so far been no convictions. The consultation examined whether a specific civil law measure, similar to the Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPO) model, could prevent FGM and help protect women and girls at risk. MWNUK responded
to this consultation. We do not believe a specific civil law measure for FGM would in itself undermine the efforts that are being made to secure prosecutions. Rather, with adequate procedures and usage it is likely to assist in securing criminal prosecutions particularly if procedures are pursued such as issuing Notices which can be used as evidence, or allowing breach of an order to be considered a criminal offence. We therefore agree in principle that a specific civil law measure for FGM would be a positive step.
The full response can be downloaded here