Forced Marriage Unit

Home Office written question – answered at on 24 October 2023.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will hold discussions with the Comptroller and Auditor General on a possible value for money audit of the Forced Marriage Unit.

Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Labour/Co-operative, Leeds North West

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Forced Marriage Unit had provided incorrect advice to victims in the latest period for which data is available.

Photo of Sarah Dines Sarah Dines The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Government is committed to tackling forced marriage in all its forms.

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is jointly managed by the Home Office and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. The FMU has assisted thousands of forced marriage victims and delivered training to over 5,000 professionals in the last three years. There are currently no plans for an audit of FMU, but its performance and value for money is kept under regular review.

The FMU has robust processes and procedures in place to ensure information given to victims and the professionals who support them is accurate. No complaints from victims have been received in the past four years for which records are available. All cases reported to the FMU are recorded on a dedicated casework database.

FMU caseworkers check the full circumstances of each case before giving advice. The FMU has no record of providing inaccurate information or advice to a victim or suspected victim of forced marriage.

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