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Forced marriage: Police offer social workers guidance

Social workers will be given guidance on recognising potential victims of forced marriage and honour-based violence at a conference organised by West Midlands Police.

It will involved Midlands social workers who deal with emergency calls.

Det Sgt Trudy Runham said social workers have a key role in making people at risk from forced marriages "safe at the earliest opportunity".

The conference is being held in Leicestershire on Tuesday, 11 June.

Det Sgt Runham, who works with the Walsall and Wolverhampton Public Protection Unit, said: "Linking with partners in front line services is vital as often these people may present as the only opportunity some victims may have to tell anyone what is happening to them."

The conference will look at a number of case studies, including that of 19-year-old Rukhsana Naz, who was murdered by relatives in an 'honour-based' killing in 1998, a spokesperson said.

The government's Forced Marriage Unit gave "advice or support" related to possible forced marriages in 1,485 cases last year.

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