Healthcare professionals in Scotland are failing victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), according to an organisation that campaigns against the illegal and life-threatening practice.

Edinburgh-based charity Dignity Alert Research Forum (DARF) said some doctors and nurses are ignorant about FGM and the serious health problems suffered by victims.

DARF voiced its concerns after the NSPCC announced on Monday it was launching a national helpline to protect children from FGM. The NSPCC revealed more than 1700 victims of FGM were referred to specialist clinics for treatment over the past two years. The youngest victim was seven.

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