FGM is horrific for every child and we must change attitudes to end this practice, says John Cameron
We don't usually associate child abuse with a parent who thinks they're doing something normal for their child. But female genital mutilation (FGM) is a very serious type of abuse which some parents believe is acceptable and best for their child.
The summer holidays is often a time when FGM happens as a child's absence from education won't be noticed. Some parents also think they're giving their child time to heal but they fail to comprehend the horrific impact of FGM. It has long-term physical and psychological damage.
Pressures from elder family members and others in a community can make it difficult for parents to break away from what they believe is tradition. It's important for all of us to be sensitive in our approach to challenging beliefs and supporting these families.