Nurses who suspect cases of forced marriages will be aided by new guidelines launched by the government today.
The document 'Dealing with cases of forced marriage', which has been welcomed by the RCN, is aimed at frontline health professionals such as school nurses, GPs, midwives and A&E staff.
It offers practical advice on how to recognise warning signs and what to and what to do if a patient discloses that they have been, or are about to be, forced to marry.
Barbara Cox, designated nurse for safeguarding children for Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust, said: 'It is a very easy to read document and it makes a clear distinction between 'arranged' and 'forced' marriages. It will be invaluable to all workers.'
The guidelines are a joint initiative between the Department of Health, Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.