Consultation outcome

Introducing mandatory reporting for FGM

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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Detail of outcome

From 5 December 2014 to 12 January 2015, we ran a consultation seeking views on how to introduce a mandatory reporting requirement in cases of female genital mutilation (FGM). This document provides:

  • the background
  • a summary of responses
  • the government response to the consultation
  • next steps

Original consultation


This consultation seeks views on how to introduce a mandatory reporting requirement in cases of female genital mutilation (FGM).

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Consultation description

This consultation is specifically focused on:

  • what and who should be covered by the mandatory reporting requirement
  • which agencies the requirement should be applied to
  • how the requirement will work in practice
  • the sanctions that should be employed if professionals fail to report FGM

The consultation also seeks views on how the multi-agency practice guidelines on FGM should be placed on a statutory footing most effectively.

This consultation is open to the public. We are particularly interested to hear from health care professionals, the police, the judiciary, teachers, social workers, criminal justice practitioners, victims of FGM, organisations representing victims, community groups and leaders, front line workers, service providers, regulatory bodies, the Disclosure and Barring Service and local authorities.

How to respond

Please return your completed consultation response by 12 January 2015 to:

FGM consultation
5th Floor, Fry Building
2 Marsham Street
London SW1P 4DF

Or email your response to:

Online consultation

If you are responding using the online consultation, we recommend you read the PDF of the consultation document first and refer to it when answering the questions online.

You can use the online form to submit your answers to the questions set out in the consultation document.


Published 5 December 2014
Last updated 12 February 2015 + show all updates
  1. Government response to the consultation published.

  2. First published.