Female genital mutilation fears as Birmingham police raid unregistered school with bed and medical equipment | United Kingdom | News

Officers raided the site on Tuesday and were photographed taking away bags of evidence, including computers. It came after Ofsted inspectors found a locked room with a bed and medical equipment at the school, whose name has not been identified.

A West Midlands Police spokeswoman confirmed that Ofsted inspectors called in the force at 11:39am on Tuesday to investigate reports of an unregistered school.

She said: “There were concerns raised about possible illegal practices that may have taken place on the premises.

“As part of our investigations, two men, aged 32 and 61, were arrested on suspicion of involvement in female genital mutilation and have since been released on bail under strict conditions.”

He added that a third man was also arrested Wednesday as part of the force’s investigation. He has also been out on bail with strict conditions.

The spokeswoman said: “We understand the concern this will cause within the community, but it is important to stress that we are still working to establish whether any crimes have occurred. Our investigation together with partner agencies continues.”

An unregistered school meets the legal definition of an independent or private school, but is not registered with the Department for Education (DfE).

It is against the law to run an independent school unless it is registered with the DfE, which is the regulatory body for that type of school.

Anyone who runs an unregistered school is guilty of a criminal offense that carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in prison, an unlimited fine, or both.

Ofsted reported in November that since establishing its Unregistered Schools Task Force in 2016, its inspectors have investigated more than 800 institutions, issuing more than 100 warning notices to the owners and managers who run them.

According to the NSPCC, female genital mutilation is when a woman’s genitalia are deliberately altered or removed for non-medical reasons. It is also known as “female circumcision” or “cutting.”

It is recognized as a form of child abuse and is illegal in the UK. It can cause serious damage, including constant pain, infections, and infertility.

A 2015 study using data from the 2011 census on FGM in the UK found that some 103,000 women aged 15-49 and some 24,000 women aged 50 and over who have migrated to England and Wales live with consequences of FGM.

It also found that as many as 10,000 girls under the age of 15 who have emigrated to England and Wales are likely to have had the procedure.

The study found that London has the highest prevalence rate in England and Wales with an estimated 2.1 per cent of women affected by FGM.

Beyond London, the highest estimates identified in the study were for Manchester, Slough, Bristol, Leicester and Birmingham.

The World Health Organization estimates that more than 200 million girls and women worldwide have been affected by FGM.

Three million are at risk of FGM each year, he says.

Female genital mutilation is commonly practiced in 30 countries in Africa, the Middle East and Asia and is practiced primarily on girls under the age of 16.

If you are concerned that a child is at risk of or has already undergone female genital mutilation, please call the NSPCC’s free and anonymous helpline on 0800 028 3550 or email fgm.help@nspcc.org.uk

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