This course will provide an overview of forced marriage relating to adults with learning disabilities with an overview of the law and legislation relating to forced marriage and consideration of the possible signs and signals of an impending forced marriage.

Participants will consider the risk associated with people with learning disabilities in relation to forced marriage and the motivators and consequences. The course will also cover domestic violence and its impact on women with learning disabilities will be looked at including who to contact in the event of a concern.

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Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone working with adults with learning disabilities.

This could include:

  • Police officers
  • Safeguarding leads
  • Health and safety officers
  • Social workers
  • Health workers

Aims of the Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities Course

By the end of the day participants will:

  • Have an overview of the law and legislation relating to forced marriage.
  • Consider vulnerabilities.
  • Have an understanding of possible signs and signals of an impending forced marriage.
  • Be aware of the motivators and consequences.
  • Be aware of disguised compliance.
  • Be reminded of capacity assessments.
  • Have a raised awareness of domestic violence and the impact on a woman with learning disabilities.
  • Know who to contact in the event of a concern.

The Forced Marriage of People with Learning Disabilities will explore the following areas:

  • Learning disabilities
    We will discuss what learning disabilities are and possible indicators of a Learning Disability
  • Adults at risk
    The course will set out the definition of an ‘adult at risk’ and understanding exactly what this means
  • Forced Marriage Unit & legislation
    Learning about the role the Forced Marriage Unit plays and related legislation such as the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and the Sexual Offences Act (2003)
  • Who is at risk?
    Identifying who might be forced to marry and what makes people with learning disabilities particularly at risk?
  • Latest forced marriage research
    Understanding the findings and impact of the latest research project findings by the Ann Craft Trust and other organisations
  • Working with families
    Familiarising yourself with the motivators for the family and how you can work with them
  • Identifying forced marriage
    Learning how to identify potential warning signs and indicators of forced marriage
  • Mental capacity
    Learn more about the assessment process and who would be involved when assessing capacity for marriage and sexual relationships
  • Consequences of forced marriage
    This course will also discuss the consequences of forced marriage of an adult with learning disabilities
  • Reporting suspected forced marriages
    Understanding your first steps in all cases and action planning

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