A new guide to the UK law on female genital mutilation is to be made available to girls at risk to help them speak out against the practice, the equalities minister Lynne Featherstone has announced.

The leaflet 'A Declaration Against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) for Families and Girls', is designed to slip in the back of a passport allowing girls to present it as a formal document to friends or family reminding them that FGM is against the law in the UK.

It will also set out what the penalties are for offenders, including a maximum 14-year custodial sentence, as well as advice on help and support.

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