Framing the European Commission’s 10 Principles for Integrated Child Protection Systems in the context of Female Genital Mutilation

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This briefing paper by the End FGM European Network outlines the importance of the ten overarching principles for Integrated Child Protection Systems (ICPS) agreed by the European Commission in the context of female genital mutilation (FGM). It further demonstrates how they must be integrated and coordinated with some FGM-specific principles and perspectives, in order to provide a more holistic protection of girls affected by or at risk of FGM.

The present document is aimed at providing to policy and decision-makers at EU and national level a sound understanding of the specific protection needs of girls affected by or at risk of FGM, in order to better shape national and cross-border ICPS to include the specificity of the FGM issue. To ensure a better understanding, for each principle some promising approaches from End FGM EU members and other organisations/entities will be cited.