Posts tagged ‘Forced Marriage’

October 12, 2011

New Funding for Young people with irregular immigration status – Supported Options Fund

I received this information about new funding which might be of interest to IDVA services.  See below for details about how to apply.

The Supported Options Fund has been established by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Unbound Philanthropy as a ‘Special Initiative’ to provide support and advice to young people and children in the UK who have irregular immigration status.

We are now inviting expressions of interest from organisations who may wish to apply to this Fund, which is open to those anywhere in the UK.

The closing date for expressions of interest, which should be a maximum of 6 pages, is 5 pm on 15th November 2011.

Full details of the aims and approach, and how to apply, are attached.

If you have queries or need more information, please email Sarah Cutler, Initiative Coordinator at





June 7, 2011

Policy to prevent forced marriages “arbitrary and disruptive”, says Court of Appeal

Interesting post from the UK Human Rights Blog on the recent ruling from the Court of Appeal that has held the ban on immigration of young people under 21 for the purposes of marriage to be unlawful in a case today.  The Court found the blanket ban to interfere with a couple’s right to a family life and be disproportionate.  The Home Secretary will now need to decide in what form to keep the rule- if at all.  As the post rightly points out – it is very hard to legislate against something like forced marriage without some form of blanket policy – but this by definition runs the risk of being disproportionate.  It would be interesting to hear how material you think this is to addressing forced marriage.

Policy to prevent forced marriages “arbitrary and disruptive”, says Court of Appeal « UK Human Rights Blog.

May 20, 2011

Criminalising Forced Marriage?

The Home Affairs Select Committee announced yesterday that it supported the criminalising of forced marriage while maintaining the civil offence.  This has some relevance to the EU convention on Violence Against Women which our Government has been cautious about endorsing.  The main reason for the caution I understand, is because the convention sees Forced Marriage as a criminal offence.   It is potentially very important for the wider policy and funding for VAW services if this convention is implemented here, so watch this space.

Family Law.