Detectives leading an investigation into reports of FGM have issued Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) protection orders to safeguard two victims.
On Wednesday 2 May, officers attended Sheffield Family Court to apply for the protection orders following reports of concerns for the welfare of two young girls suspected of being victims of FGM.
Officers launched an investigation into the reports and after presenting the details before a judge they were granted the right to enforce the orders.
Under these orders, officers are now able to protect both victims, one of which has already suffered FGM prior to being brought to the UK as force lead for FGM T/Detective Inspector Suzanne Jackson explains. She said: “Although one of the girls has already become a victim to this harmful practice we are now able to work in partnership with local authorities to provide support as well as preventing the second girl from becoming subject to this abuse.
“Additionally we have now been able to seize both of the girl’s passports to prevent them from being taken out of the UK and into environments where they would be more vulnerable to this harmful practice.
“Taking action to apply and issue protection orders forms part of our vital work to raise awareness of and stop the long-lasting effects caused by FGM, which is an illegal and punishable act in the UK.
“I would like to praise both T/Detective Sergeant Tom Bishop and Investigator Amy Todd for their dedication in this case as it is through their continued commitments the orders have now been served and the victims are protected.
“FGM is a despicable practice that causes harmful physical and mental consequences to victims, and I would like to offer my reassurance that we will always take the appropriate steps to protect victims and potential victims.
“Our effectivity in ensuring the necessary steps are taken to achieve this requires the input of partners, local authorities and members of the public, who I would encourage to report any concerns they may have.
“The focus of all of our work remains protecting, providing support and preventing harm from being caused and we will not stop until this is achieved. To help us successfully accomplish this we need everyone to report instances relating to FGM or other types of honour based abused to police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.
“Ashiana can also be contacted on 0114 255 5740 if you are worried that you or someone you may know may be at risk of FGM.”