Schools in Gwent and across Wales have been urged to be alert of the signs of female genital mutilation.

Education secretary Kirsty Williams has written to headteachers across the country to remind them of their responsibilities in identifying and protecting victims.

The practice, also known as FGM, involves the deliberate mutilation of female genitalia, and is usually carried out on girls between infancy and the age of 15. It is most common in communities originating from parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.

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