Teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage cases under plans being considered by the government.
Ministers are weighing up the possibility of introducing a mandatory reporting duty, which would also apply to doctors and nurses, to boost efforts to tackle the "hidden crime".
A Home Office consultation paper published today seeks views on whether such a measure should be introduced, and if so, who it should apply to.
Teachers, doctors, nurses, social care professionals and voluntary sector workers are among those who could be covered by any duty.
The document also set out possible options for the consequences of failing to comply with the requirement.