Nursery staff in London are being trained to spot the signs of female genital mutilation amid concerns that girls are being cut at increasingly younger ages to avoid detection, the Evening Standard can reveal.

Campaigners fear that babies and toddlers are being subjected to FGM before they are able to speak so that school teachers do not pick up on it.

Staff at two children's centres in Islington who work with pregnant women and new mothers have already had training. Experts called for the pilot scheme to be rolled out to all children's centres in London.

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