Britain's first specialist clinic for child victims of female genital mutilation is to open in London in a major breakthrough in combating the barbaric practice.

The clinic, at University College Hospital, will start next month and give medical treatment and psychological help to girls aged from babies  to 18 who have been mutilated here or overseas.

It will also provide expert advice when girls are at risk, and examinations in cases where police and social workers are unsure about whether cutting has occurred.

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