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HBA Training


We offer training for professionals and student workshops on honour-based abuse and forced marriage.


Training for professionals


Professionals, such as teachers, are often well placed to spot signs that a forced marriage is being planned, or that abuse is taking place within the family home. A child may show behaviour changes such as lack of concentration, appearing anxious or signs of self-harm. There are many indicators that a child could be experiencing ‘honour’ based abuse and looking out for these can be challenging, especially as some indicators can be linked to other changes in a child’s life.

Our training explores different indicators and includes learning on what the ‘honour’ codes mean to some communities. We believe that if professionals have a strong understanding of harmful cultural practices, including the reasons behind them, then they will feel more confident in spotting the signs and dealing with concerns in a way that is proportionate and sensitive.


All our sessions are run by facilitators from affected communities and this makes our training “real”.


Our training covers the following:

  • What is HBA?
  • What is forced marriage?
  • Why?
  • Harms
  • Prevalence of HBA/forced marriage
  • The law on HBA/forced marriage
  • Warning signs that a forced marriage might be planned
  • Warning signs that a forced marriage might have taken place
  • Safeguarding
  • Tips for talking to survivors
  • What we can do
  • Helplines


We recommend a session for about 90 minutes including some short film footage and some discussion points. However, we may be able to adapt the training to a shorter time-frame as needed. For more information please contact us.

Testimonials from trainee social workers:

‘A very informative session, thank you.’

‘Learning from personal experiences was very helpful and hits home how important this work is.’

Please contact us to book your training session.

Oxford Against Cutting 2020 leaflet with details on all our workshops 

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