Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Bill: Consultation

Closes 4 Jan 2019

Opened 4 Oct 2018

Overview

The Scottish Government has made a commitment to strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of gender based violence. 

This consultation seeks views on this, and also seeks views on additional provisions including anonymity for victims of FGM; creation of an offence of failure to protect from FGM; and creation of a duty to notify Police of FGM. It also seeks views on prevalence of vaginal elongation and breast ironing, and what further steps may be required to tackle these forms of gender based violence.

Why We Are Consulting

Responses to this consultation will help to inform the potential development of stronger protections for individuals at risk of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).The purpose of the Bill is strengthen the existing legislative framework for the protection of women and girls from Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), a form of gender based violence. The Bill will seek to introduce protection orders for women and girls at risk, and place guidance for professionals on a statutory footing. Consultation is an essential part of the policy making process as it gives us the opportunity to get your opinion and expertise on this proposed area of work.

Download the consultation paper.

Give us your views

Audiences

  • People of Scotland

Interests

  • Children and Families
  • Communities and Third Sector
  • Equality, Welfare and Rights
  • Health and Social Care
  • Law and Order