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Forced Marriage Guidance

Multi Agency Practitioner and updated Statutory Guidance intended to inform all frontline staff and volunteers within agencies who are likely to come across adults or children and young people threatened with or in a forced marriage and who are at risk of the abuse associated with this.

 

Both Statutory and Practitioner Guidance were published to coincide with the commencement, on 28 November 2011, of the Forced Marriage etc (Protection and Jurisdiction)  (Scotland) Act 2011 and were updated in September 2014 to coincide with the commencement, in Scotland, of Section 122 of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Statutory Guidance: Guidance describes the responsibilities of chief executives, directors and senior managers within agencies invilved in handling cases of forced marriage. It covers roles and responsibilities, accountability, training, interagency working and information sharing, risk assessment and information sharing, risk assessment and record keeping.

Pdf version of statutory guidance (published 2011) can be accessed here

Updated statutory guidance (published 2014) can be accessed here

Scottish Statutory Guidance - Supplementary Guidance document (published 2014) can be accessed here

Practitioner Guidance: Multi Agency Guidance intended to inform all frontline staff and volunteers within agencies who are likely to come across adults or children and young people threatened with or in a forced marriage and who are at risk of the abuse associated with this.

Practitioner Guidance published 2011 can be accessed here

Updated Practitioner Guidance published 2014 can be accessed here

Summary Guidelines: In addition to the Statutory and the Practice (practitioner guidance) a summary document has also been published which provides a background, key messages and uselful links to National Support Agencies and other Useful Contacts

Guidance for Legal Professionals:  The Scottish Government has published guidance to assist legal professionals in private practice, law centres, local authorities, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scottish Children’s Reporters Administration and others to work with victims of forced marriage sensitively and effectively and in partnership with other agencies involved with the victim.

Pdf version of Guidance for Legal Professionals can be accessed here

 

 Summary Guidance document link (including Pdf): here