Scotland Yard's top child abuse detective wants the dangers of female genital mutilation to be put on the school curriculum, to give "terrified" victims the confidence to speak out.

Detective Chief Superintendent Keith Niven told MPs that tuition was needed in class because mutilation was so "normalised" in some families and communities, some girls were unaware the barbaric practice was illegal.

He said the only way to "break the cycle" was to include FGM in lessons and create an environment in which those affected felt comfortable. Unless the change was made, mutilation was likely to remain a "huge problem" for at least another decade, he added.

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