Appendix 4

Forced marriage

4.1 For the purpose of this policy, a ‘forced marriage’ is defined as a marriage that is entered into without the full and free consent of one or both parties, and where violence, threats or any other form of coercion is used to cause a person to enter into the marriage. Forced marriage is classed as a crime in the UK.

4.2 As part of HBV, staff will be alert to the signs of forced marriage, including, but not limited to, the following: 

  • Becoming anxious, depressed and emotionally withdrawn with low self-esteem 
  • Showing signs of mental health disorders and behaviours such as self-harm or anorexia 
  • Displaying a sudden decline in their educational performance, aspirations or motivation 
  • Regularly being absent from school 
  • Displaying a decline in punctuality 
  • An obvious family history of older siblings leaving education early and marrying early

4.3 If staff members have any concerns regarding a child who may have undergone, is currently undergoing, or is at risk of, forced marriage, they will speak to the DSL and local safeguarding procedures will be followed.

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