Only three calls have been made to a dedicated helpline set up to help youngsters undergoing illegal mutilation, despite estimates that there are thousands of women at risk in Scotland.

The NSPCC set up the phone number in June, last year, to offer support to children who are subjected to Female Genital Mutilation, which was outlawed in the UK in 1985 but is known to happen within some communities.

Estimates suggest that around 3000 women and children are at risk but the NSPCC said that just three calls had been made from Scotland to its phone service.

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