Event highlights concern over forced marriage

By on 17/12/2009 in News

A day's training session focused on growing concern over forced marriages was held by the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board.

Senior managers across a range of agencies working in the area of children's social care including social workers, police and health professionals attended the event.

They were given often harrowing accounts of real life cases in which both women and men have been victims of forced marriage.

Delegates also learned about the extent of the problem and how to recognise the signs of someone who may be at risk of being forced into a marriage.

The BSCB is considered at the forefront of implementing new national protocol urging local agencies to work more closely together in tackling the issue.

Representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Forced Marriage Unit attended the event which was also covered by BBC Radio 4's PM programme.

Carol Douch, Assistant Director of Safeguarding for Birmingham City Council, said: “This is a Human Rights issue and no single agency can manage it alone.

“Birmingham has responded to the new guidance and we are making sure we work together to combat what is often a child abuse issue by ensuring young people are aware that they have choices.”

Radio 4's coverage of the event can be listened to on the following link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00p85rp/PM_16_12_2009/

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