Practitioner responses to children and young people involved in forced marriage

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Forced marriage is recognised as a form of child abuse in the UK. Despite evi- dence that this is a growing problem, there is little current research concerning the responses of child protection practitioners. This article is based on a study that explored the views and experiences of a range of practitioners who had been involved with safeguarding children with respect to forced marriage. Ten semi-structured interviews were carried out, followed by two focus groups (n = 13); these explored the challenges and best practice related to working with children at risk of or in forced marriage situations. The findings highlighted the complex nature of the work and the particular vulnerability of children affected by forced marriage. The study found that practitioners strug- gled to respond effectively when guidance was unclear or when they had lim- ited knowledge and experience of forced marriage. Effective practice was associated with a high standard of interagency work locally and with practi- tioners who had confidence and experience and were able to work proactively and assertively.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere2740
Number of pages10
JournalChild Abuse Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 8 Feb 2022

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