The Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 29 May 2019.
The purpose of the Bill is to strengthen statutory protections for women and girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). The Bill creates a new FGM Protection Order, a form of civil order which can impose conditions or requirements upon a person for the purpose of protecting a person or persons from FGM, safeguarding them from harm if FGM has already occurred, or for the general purpose of reducing the likelihood the FGM offences will occur. The Bill also provides for Scottish Ministers to issue statutory guidance about FGM and a duty of Scottish Ministers to issue statutory guidance on FGM Protection Orders.
Read the Female Genital Mutilation (Protection and Guidance) (Scotland) Bill and accompanying documents.
Current Status of the Bill
The Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 29 May 2019.
The Equalities and Human Rights Committee was designated the lead Committee for Stage 1 scrutiny on the 5 June 2019.
The Committee published its Stage 1 report on 5 December 2019.
The Stage 1 debate will take place on 18 December.
The Committee launched a call for views which ran from 14 June to 30 August 2019.
Read the Call for Views
Read the summary of written evidence
Submissions received from:
Police Scotland (78KB pdf)
Emmaleena Kakela (93KB pdf)
General Medical Council (123KB pdf)
Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (144KB pdf)
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Scotland (254KB pdf)
National FGM Centre (160KB pdf)
The Educational Institute of Scotland (180KB pdf)
Law Society Scotland (106KB pdf)
Scottish Youth Parliament (244KB pdf)
CEMVO Scotland (217KB pdf)
Equality and Human Rights Commission (178KB pdf)
Women's Support Project (173KB pdf)
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (159KB pdf)
JustRight Scotland (598KB pdf)
Education Scotland (185KB pdf)
Border Force (209KB pdf)
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Notes from Visits:
Summary of responses from third-sector organisations:
Summary of Toolkit Responses (211KB pdf)
Letter from Minister for Older People and Equalities, 21 June 2019 (286KB pdf)
Letter from Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, 14 October 2019 (373KB pdf)
Letter from Victoria Atkins MP, Minister for Safeguarding and Vulnerability, 31 October 2019 (52KB pdf)