British teachers should be vigilant ahead of the long summer holidays for warning signs that parents might take their children abroad to marry them off or undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), experts warned on Monday.

The end of the school term "marks the start of the cutting season where young girls are taken abroad and brutally mutilated by their families," said Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity, which campaigns on forced marriage and FGM.

Girls and boys are at risk of being taken abroad for forced marriage, she told a conference for police, teachers and health and social workers in Stevenage, north of London.

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