Speaking in response to FGM concerns raised by community groups, Sally Lewis, Independent Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board said: "The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board is proud to have supported the strategic response to ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and of the strong relationships we have built along the way. Throughout our many years of work on the important issue of safeguarding children from FGM that includes contributing funding to the 2017 End FGM Summer Campaign and Community Feedback Event, the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board and its constituent partners have welcomed the positive and constructive engagement of Bristol community groups and individuals.
"In recent weeks we have heard from a wide range of community members on their experiences of the current operational practice in this area of safeguarding. We have welcomed the challenge made by some groups as to whether our partnership approaches have been proportionate in delivering our shared commitment to children being safeguarded from FGM."
Full statements from the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board, Avon and Somerset Constabulary, Bristol City Council, Avon and Somerset Police & Crime Commissioner, and Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group can be found below: