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FGM (17476/19)

Request

1. Please supply the number of cases of FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) which were reported to your police force between the following dates:

a. 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017 (inclusive)

b. 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018 (inclusive)

c. 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019 (inclusive)

(Reference: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/mandatory-reporting-of-female-genital-mutilation-procedural-information)

2. Please supply the number of FGM Prevention Orders which were served on your Police Force between the following dates:

a. 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017 (inclusive)

b. 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018 (inclusive)

c. 1 October 2018 and 30 September 2019 (inclusive)

(Reference: https://www.gov.uk/female-genital-mutilation-protection-order)

Response

With regard to question 1, please find the link below to previously published data for the number of FGM cases reported to the Force in each calendar year 2016 – 2018. Data for 2019 (January – September) is attached.

https://foi.west-midlands.police.uk/fgm-reports-23286-18/

Please be advised that with regard to FGM cases, calendar years are considered an acceptable format for disclosure (in line with previous responses); to provide lower level data/an alternative format is likely to attract exemptions Section 30(1)(a) – Investigations and proceedings and Section 31(1)(a) – Law enforcement.

Please also find our response to question 2 attached which is presented in the same format as question 1.

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from a number of data sources used by forces for police purposes. The detail collected to respond specifically to your request is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when interpreting those data.

The figures provided therefore are our best interpretation of relevance of data to your request, but you should be aware that the collation of figures for ad hoc requests may have limitations and this should be taken into account when those data are used.

If you decide to write an article / use the enclosed data we would ask you to take into consideration the factors highlighted in this document so as to not mislead members of the public or official bodies, or misrepresent the relevance of the whole or any part of this disclosed material.

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