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Awareness of Forced Marriage

Awareness of Forced Marriage Training

It is estimated that approximately 8,000 to 10,000 forced marriages of British citizens take place every year often resulting in devastating long term consequences for the victims.

This online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office and aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.

After completing this training you will be able to:


  • Recognise the warning signs of forced marriage
  • Take the right actions to help protect the potential victim
  • Co-operate effectively with other agencies

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This course is aimed at all professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk and is aimed specifically at child protection services, health professionals, education professionals, police officers, children’s social care, adult social care and housing authorities.

Learners are encouraged to navigate their way through the first part of the course covering the issue of forced marriage and then complete the areas of training that are specific to their profession. These separate areas ensure reflective practice by presenting specific work based scenarios that professionals can relate to.

Like traditional e-learning, this content supplies the knowledge but, most importantly, asks learners to consider how they would apply this knowledge into everyday scenarios enhancing the learning experience and increasing understanding.

The course covers the following areas:


  • Forced marriage v arranged marriage
  • Countries of origin and regional distribution across the UK
  • The Forced Marriage Act 2007
  • The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policy Act 2014
  • The effects and consequences on the victim
  • Honour based violence
  • Preventing forced marriage
  • The one chance rule
  • Who to contact
  • Dealing with forced marriages
  • The Forced Marriage Unit
  • Forced Marriage Protection Order
  • Ongoing risks and support needs
  • Victims taken overseas
  • The dos and don’ts
  • Exploring other perspectives
  • Health professionals
  • Education professionals
  • Police officers
  • Education professionals
  • Children’s social care
  • Adult social care
  • Housing authorities
  • Multi-agency cooperation

Interested in helping the fight against forced marriage?

Click here to download a free resource pack to raise awareness across your organisation.