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Forced Marriage 15.05.17 4.30-5pm

Join us for a chat from 4:30pm on Monday 15th May 2017.

Having worries about forced marriage or concerned about someone you know? Join us online to talk to a health professional in our forced marriage webchat on Monday 15th May 4.30-5pm. Learn about forced marriage, what it is and ways to get help.

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sarahtebbett / 15 May 15:44

Are you worried about a forced marriage or that someone you know may be at risk of forced marriage? Join us at 16:30 to get advice or ask questions

sarahtebbett / 15 May 16:27

Join us in 5 minutes to talk about Forced Marriage

sarahtebbett / 15 May 16:33

Welcome to today's chat about Forced Marriage. Do you have concerns regarding you or a friend? Here are some facts:
WHAT IS A FORCED MARRIAGE? - A marriage must be entered into with the free and full consent of both parties; you should feel you have a choice. A forced marriage is where one or both individuals do not (or in cases of people with learning disabilities, cannot) consent to the marriage and pressure or abuse is used

Forced marriage is a crime. It is illegal in Great Britain and it is, in some cases, a form of child abuse and is a serious abuse of human rights

The pressure put on people to marry, against their will, can be physical (including threats and actual physical and sexual violence) or emotional and psychological (for example, when someone is made to feel as though they are bringing shame on their family). Financial abuse is also a possibility

sarahtebbett / 15 May 16:41

Possible warning signs of Forced Marriage - No two cases of Forced Marriage are the same and there are signs that may suggest that you or someone you know is in trouble and threatened with a Forced Marriage

Key signs to look out for in yourself or someone you know:

May seem anxious and depressed and not interested in life
May seem withdrawn and reluctant to talk about what is going on in his or her family or about family members
Other brothers or sisters may have been married at a very young age
May be suffering from mood swings and presenting challenging behaviour or attention seeking. This may mean getting into trouble at school
May start self-harming or develop an eating disorder such as anorexia
May lose interest in continuing their education and take little interest in homework
Movements may be restricted by family members
May simply not come to school at all but at the same time not have told you that they are ill
May disappear from social networks such as Facebook and instant messaging. Their Facebook may remain not updated for a long period of time

sarahtebbett / 15 May 16:48

Practical ways to help - If you are worried about yourself or a friend who is exhibiting any of the above signs and fear that they may be forced into a marriage, tell your teacher or school mentor. (If you are a friend - you can say that you wish to remain anonymous). Tell your teacher that there are specialist police officers who can help and there is a Forced Marriage Unit at the Foreign Office

sarahtebbett / 15 May 16:59

If you are worried about forced marriage then you must seek help - If you are in immediate danger please call the police on 999. They will also be able to get someone from the forced marriage unit (FMU) to help you as they have a team of specialist officers

Nationally you can also contact - FREEDOM HELPLINE – they have the first 24 hour seven days a week Helpline in the country. The Helpline 0845 607 0133 and Textline text ‘4freedom’ to 88802 are manned by trained professionals to help any victims of forced marriage and their friends who are seeking help, support and advice
They have a free app you can download.

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Should you need anymore information on this topic, have a look at:

Health for Teens Forced Marriage section or:

Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) on 020 7008 0151 (Monday to Friday 09:00 – 5:00pm)

Alternatively you could speak to your parent/carer, a trusted adult, member of school staff, your school nurse or doctor.  If there is an emergency then please contact 999 or visit A&E.

You can text your school nurse through the ChatHealth messaging service which runs Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm.  If you go to school in Leicester City please text 07520 615386, if you go to school in Leicestershire County or Rutland then please text 07520 615387.

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