@LibDems welcome FGM national action plan

Liberal Democrats welcome a report published today by the Home Affairs Select Committee calling for a national action plan to end this abhorrent form of abuse.  The report calls for greater anonymity for victims and protection orders to safeguard girls from being taken abroad.  Liberal Democrat Crime Prevention Minister Norman Baker said: “Female Genital Mutilation is a criminal offence, and it is child abuse. The coalition government is already driving a step change to end this extremely harmful and misguided practice, which has a lifelong impact on survivors’ physical and mental health. “Earlier this year, Ministers from across government signed a declaration to demonstrate their commitment to end this terrible[…]