Shortly before Christmas David Maddison obtained Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders to protect three girls who were at risk of suffering FGM.  David was acting for a North West Police Force, who made the application after receiving intelligence that the children may suffer harm. 

FGM Protection Orders are a new and useful tool in the protection of children from a specific and appalling type of abuse.  David was pleased to be able to obtain the orders, which involved significant arguments about the children's right to travel internationally.  David successfully argued that there should be a restriction placed preventing them from being taken to their parents' home countries, as this would increase the risk of harm significantly.