Campaigners are calling for Kirklees schools to play a leading role in the fight against forced marriage.

The organisation It’s My Right - No Forced Marriages is working to stop pupils from going missing over the school holidays.

It is calling for schools in Kirklees to appoint student ambassadors to become the leaders and the official voice of the campaign against forced marriage within their school.

According to the group’s education co-ordinator, Alex Jones: “Huddersfield in particular is becoming an important place in the tackling of forced marriage, with conferences having been held there in 2013.

“And in 2009 a forced marriage was prevented by law for the first time in Kirklees.

“There may be more potential victims within the area and the message we can put forward to young people is that everything will be done to protect your future.

“We would like to have schools from Huddersfield specifically to be a part of our pilot education scheme and focus within that area; together we can ensure a brighter future.”

Kirklees Council acknowledged that it is aware of the issue and is already taking steps to tackle the taboo subject.

A spokesman said: “The council works closely with the police and other partners to support and prevent victims of forced marriage.

“We have recently led on a multi-agency campaign highlighting support available to people affected by domestic abuse, which includes forced marriage.

“We are working closely with our partners to support all communities affected by domestic abuse.”

Mr Jones added: “Schools are pivotal to breaking the barriers of forced marriage, we need schools to put the measures in place to save lives.

“Our campaign is dedicated to working within the community to overcome the barriers that are allowing girls and boys to be denied their right to their own future.

“They need to realise that there can be no fear in confronting what is a fundamental breaking of human rights - and the frontline of protection starts in the classroom.

“It’s everyone’s right to be educated and to have their own life choices.”

Any school or individual interested in taking part in the ambassador scheme should contact Mr Jones on 07906 901 404.

People can also connect online at . This is dedicated to Bradford-born Shafilea Ahmed, who was murdered by her parents in 2003 after she had turned down an arranged suitor.

Kirklees Council said that people affected by domestic abuse, including forced marriage, can call a 24-hour confidential helpline on 0800 052 7222, they can ring the police on 101 or in an emergency dial 999 or Kirklees Council on 01924 431491 (Mon to Fri 9am-5pm).

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