Date lodged: 7 June 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many cases of female genital mutilation have been identified in Scotland since 2011, and how many people have been convicted for this.
Answered by: Angela Constance 19 June 2017
FGM, by its very nature, is a hidden issue. It may be underreported, and those who are affected may not be able to come forward or share their concerns.
Between 1 April 2014 and 13 June 2017 there have been 83 referrals made in relation to concerns for girls who were at risk of harm from Female Genital Mutilation. These child concern figures are taken from Police Scotland's Vulnerable Persons Database (iVPD) which was fully implemented in all divisions from the 1 April 2014. These concerns can be broken down as follows:
Financial year 2014-15 - 20 referrals
Financial year 2015-16 - 24 referrals
Financial year 2016-17 - 34 referrals
to date this financial year - 5 referrals
These referrals resulted in child protection procedures being undertaken, information shared and investigation carried out, with no criminality found.
To date there have been no convictions in Scotland, nor in any other part of the UK, for FGM related offences. Every referral or child welfare concern that is brought to the police relating to concerns that girls have been at risk of having FGM performed on them has been fully investigated by Police Scotland, and no criminality has been found.