Some families may use the long summer break to arrange forced marriages abroad
Recent figures from Childline show growing concern over forced marriage among young people.
In 2016/17, Childline has seen:
- 205 counselling sessions on forced marriage
- this a 12% increase from the previous year
- 6,099 visits to its forced marriage webpage.
Girls as young as 13 told Childline counsellors they were frightened about being taken abroad and forced to marry strangers by their families. Many said they experienced emotional abuse from their parents and were afraid of being cut out of their communities if they refused.