Every year in the UK 1,080 women are forced into marriage
Over 11,000 women suffer genital mutilation (FGM)
Last year, UK courts issued 442 protection orders for victims of forced marriage and FGM
We partnered together with the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) , Ministry of Justice, Police Digital Service and Microsoft to provide a solution to a disturbing problem. Previously, representatives of the victims of forced marriage (FM) and female genital mutilation (FGM) were responsible for ensuring that court protection orders (POs) were manually dispatched to the correct local police force. As a result, many POs did not get acted on as the police never received them. This leaves the victims in a vulnerable situation and the local police forces cannot protect them.
National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Honour Based Abuse, Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation, Commander Ivan Balhatchet explains:
Prevention is far better than cure when it comes to these human rights abuses, but without a protection order, local police forces are powerless to act.
Using intelligent automation our goal is to ensure that 100 percent of POs reach the relevant police force. Furthermore, the POs reach local police instantly rather than in days, meaning that victims can be safeguarded before the potential perpetrators become aware of the protection order.
Commander Balhatchet continued: “This programme will help us tackle this terrible crime at both a national and local level; and give the victims the confidence to come forward knowing that the process works and is there to support them.”
This five minute video explains the challenges that the UK authorities faced with processing Protections Orders and explains the path to reach 100% delivery to the police force resulting in increased protection for vulnerable women.
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With an eye to the future, the UK police plan to roll out the Intelligent Safeguarding Solution to other areas of protection, such as domestic abuse and restraining orders, to better safeguard more of our society’s most vulnerable citizens.
On the basis of this project NTT DATA UK&I won the global Microsoft 2022 Government partner of the year award.