New rules forcing teachers to report cases of FGM to police will make it harder for children to seek help, it was claimed today.

Teachers are now legally obliged to report cases of FGM to police, but this could undermine the trust children have in their teachers, the ATL conference heard.

Delegates at the meeting in Liverpool were today set to debate an emergency motion calling on the government to remove the "threat of criminalisation" from education professionals.

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