In 2017 Dr Kirkland exposed the cases of children in the UK who had spent months on child protection plans or in foster care on the false suspicion they were already the victims of female genital mutilation. The investigation found it took months for children to be examined in cases where FGM was suspected to have occurred and were often separated from their parents while inquiries took place despite no other safeguarding concerns. Experts told Dr Kirkland that in the majority of cases, when examined by a specialist, the child has not been subjected to FGM.
The broadcast also looked at the qualifications of people examining children with suspected FGM, specifically into the qualifications of a high profile campaigner and midwife.
This investigation as picked up by the Times and the Daily Mail.