26B—Protection of children at risk of genital mutilation
(1) If the Court is
satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to suspect that a child may be at
risk of female genital mutilation, the Court may make orders for the
protection of the child.
The Court might for example make an order—
preventing a person from taking the child from the State; or
requiring that the child's passport be held by the Court for a period
specified in the order or until further order; or
providing for the periodic examination of the child to ensure that the child
is not subjected to female genital mutilation.
(2) An application for
an order under this section may be made by a police officer or by the
(3) The Court may make
an order on an application under this section without giving a person who is
to be bound by the Court's order notice of the proceedings or an opportunity
to be heard in the proceedings.
(4) However, in that
case the Court must allow the person against whom the order is made a
reasonable opportunity to appear before the Court to show why the order should
be varied or revoked.
(5) In proceedings
under this section the Court must assume that it is in the child's best
interests to resist pressure of racial, ethnic, religious, cultural or family
origin that might lead to genital mutilation of the child.