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Agency Practice Guidelines for Forced Marriage

Publication Date: 
January, 2011

This report was written by Eleanor Stobart on behalf of the Forced Marriage Unit (a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Unit) in collaboration with the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crown Prosecution Service, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Forced Marriage Unit would like to express their gratitude to all those involved in the drafting of these guidelines.

1.1 AIMS

These practice guidelines have been developed alongside the statutory guidance “The Right to Choose” issued under s.63 Q(1) Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. The statutory guidance sets out the responsibilities of Chief Executives, directors and senior managers within agencies involved with handling cases of forced marriage. It covers issues such as staff training, developing inter-agency policies and procedures, raising awareness and developing prevention programmes through outreach work.
This document seeks to supplement the Statutory Guidance with advice and support to front line practitioners who have responsibilities to safeguard children and protect adults from the abuses associated with forced marriage. As it is unlikely that any single agency will be able to meet all the needs of someone affected by forced marriage, this document sets out a multi-agency response and encourages agencies to co- operate and work together closely to protect victims.

Forced marriage is a form of child/domestic abuse and violence against women; it should form part of existing child and adult protection structures, policies and procedures.

Forms of Violence: