Promoting Person-Centred Services

Forced Marriage of Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities

This one day training course will provide participants with a clear understanding of issues around forced marriage. We will explain the law as it stands and share information about the incidence of forced marriage according to recent reports. Participants will be guided to identify causes for concern and recognize those who might be most at risk. Through open discussion and consideration of the experiences of staff and governors we will encourage the development of responsible and easy to follow procedures for reporting concerns.


  • To equip school staff and other organisations to protect children and young people from the danger of forced marriage

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will:

  • have a clear general overview of legislation relating to forced marriage
  • be able to recognize factors which may make some individuals particularly vulnerable
  • be able to identify possible signs and signals of an impending forced marriage
  • be aware of motivators and consequences
  • know who to contact in the event of a concern


  • Domestics, Aim, Learning Outcomes, Ground rules
  • Introductory exercise
  • Arranged Marriage/Forced Marriage
  • Statistics and Facts – (Forced Marriage Unit)
  • What makes children and some people particularly at risk?
  • Law and Legislation
  • Who might be forced to marry?
  • Research Project Findings – People with learning disabilities
  • Motivators for the family
  • Potential warning signs and indicators
  • What are the consequences of a forced marriage?
  • Case scenarios
  • Mental Capacity Act (2005)
  • First steps in all cases/One chance rule
  • Sexual Offences Act (2013)
  • Action Planning – My 5 bold steps
  • Close

Who is it for?

Teachers, governors and all schools administrative and support staff

Social Care Services, Health Authorities and other organisations providing care and support to Children and Young People with Learning Disabilities

Doctors, nurses, managers, receptionists, administrative staff

For further information please contact: 

Tina Thordal – 07815 064710 or e-mail 

Bill Horrocks – 07929 035297 or e-mail