Speaking in response to concerns raised by the 'When Safeguarding becomes Stigmatising' report published by the University of Bristol, Sally Lewis, Independent Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board said: "The Board has enjoyed a long, positive partnership with the city’s communities and have worked collaboratively for many years in developing safeguarding policy and practice. This includes the work we have undertaken over the past 12 months to improve policy and practice in relation to ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). No city has been more active than Bristol in pursuing this important aim.
"This report provides an important record of community feeling and professional practice experienced at a time when the approach taken to tackling FGM was under the intense scrutiny of communities and agencies. Since that time a wholesale review of agency approaches to tackling FGM has been undertaken."
The full statement from the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board can be found below: