Across the country, children are disappearing from classrooms, forced to marry spouses they’ve never met to preserve their family’s “honour”. The statistics show that girls under the age of 18 are some of those most likely to be at risk of forced marriage. Sadly, the individuals forcing these girls into marriage are likely to be the very people that are supposed to protect them: their family.
The consequences of forced marriage are dire. Shafilea Ahmed was just 17 when she was murdered by her parents after refusing to marry and ‘bringing shame’ on her family. For children like Shafilea, school is often the only place they feel safe. Teachers are likely to be their only regular and independent interaction with the outside world, which is why they have such a pivotal role to play in combatting forced marriage and are often the only frontline professionals able to intervene and save their students’ lives.
Not in my Classroom was founded in January 2015 with the sole purpose of educating teachers about forced marriage. We focus on ensuring that teachers understand the complexities of forced marriage within the new legislative framework, so that they are able to identify potential warning signs and respond appropriately.
By the end of this session, you will:
Understand the complexities of forced marriage;
Identify the role of teachers in prevention and protection;
Understand the importance of the ‘One Chance Rule’;
Apply the ‘Record-Refer-React’ model to case studies; and
Discuss how best to approach issues of forced marriage through pervasive PSHE.
Resource packs will be provided for all delegates.