Injuries related to female genital mutilation will now be recorded by doctors in Gloucestershire in a bid to secure prosecutions.
Gloucestershire County Council is stepping up its activity to raise awareness, investigate concerns and secure prosecutions as part of a zero tolerance campaign.
Councillors voted unanimously to monitor injuries suffered by victims and to determine what steps are being taken to stop the practice from happening to children in Gloucestershire.
A multi-agency approach to FGM is being taken, involving education, health and local authorities, the police and the crown prosecution service to share data and raise awareness. By September all acute hospitals will have to report data to the Department of Health.
Councillor Dorcus Binns (Cons) said: “Like every form of child abuse, this council will do everything in its power not just to stamp it out, but to see those who commit or facilitate it sent to prison for as long as possible. Whether child abuse is based on someone’s negligence, someone’s perverted desires, or someone’s backward cultural beliefs makes no difference to me and it makes no difference to this council.”