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.

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