Accessing Council Services:
- You can access advice, or support with using our online services, by phoning 01268 882200 (8.45am to 5.15pm Mon to Thurs, and to 4.45pm on Fri)
- The Kiln Road office will re-open for pre-booked appointments only (9.00am to 4.00pm), these can be arranged on a case by case basis by phoning 01268 882200.
- You can find information and advice on COVID-19 and our 24/7 online services on our Coronavirus information page .
Other Safeguarding Issues
Forced marriage can be defined as 'a marriage conducted without the valid consent of one or both parties, where duress is a factor.'
Honour based abuse refers to crimes or incidents committed to protect or defend the honour of a family and/or community.
It can take many different forms including harassment, criminal damage, arson, sexual assault, forced marriage, kidnap and even murder.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) comprises all procedures involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or any other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.