The Linguist

The Linguist is CIOL's professional journal.

Cutting work

It is vital that victims of female genital mutilation can access qualified interpreting, so how can professionals prepare for such traumatic work, asks Sue Leschen

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal in the UK since 1985 and it has been illegal to take a child abroad for cutting since 2003. Yet the UK Health and Social Care Information Centre estimates that approximately 20,000 girls in the UK are at risk of FGM each year, with the most common age group being 5-9 years.