Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board

Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation

Monday, 24 March 2014 | Ali Spalding

The UK government previously issued a warning to teachers, doctors and airport staff to be alert to the risk of forced marriages over school summer holidays. The summer marks a peak in reports of forced marriage cases, when youngsters can be taken on ‘holiday’, unaware of the real purpose of the trip. So with the Easter holidays approaching, a young person could possibly be at risk during this time too.

You might be surprised by the number of enquiries dealt with by the Government's Forced Marriage Unit in 2013. You may be equally surprised that Suffolk have taken out 6 Forced Marriage Protection Orders covering 8 young people to prevent them being married against their will:

  • 2 were students with learning disabilities (they did not have capacity to consent)
  • 4 were for a 15, 16, 17 & 18 year old

This isn’t a London, Manchester, Birmingham problem, it is happening right here on our doorstep, in Suffolk.

Read more here: Forced Marriage and FGM

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