Forced marriage and school holidays

As the school holidays approach and travel restrictions are lifted, there is a risk of children being taken abroad, and being forced to marry. Forced marriage is illegal.

We need to stay alert to Signs of children and young people being in potential danger of Forced Marriage. It is important to act quickly, without alerting family members or friends who may be part of the plans.

Find out how to get help

Health and mental health support services

Emergency services

Emergency services

Police, Ambulance and Fire services

If you are ill, pregnant or need to see someone regarding any aspect of your health, there are a variety of support services available. If you have a medical need, and you cannot access your doctor, visit a Walk-In Centre. You do not need to be registered.

Find your nearest Walk-In Centre

In an emergency

Tel: 999

NHS 111

The NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. when you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency

If it's not an emergency 

Tel: 111


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Tower Hamlets support

Tower Hamlets support

Adult safeguarding


Call the Assessment and Intervention team to report the abuse of a vulnerable adult, find out more information or raise a concern because you are worried about a vulnerable person.


Tel: 0300 303 6070

The Royal London, BARTS and Mile End Hospital Emergency Department

A 24-hour, seven days a week consultant-led emergency service and major trauma centre, available with triage, nurse practitioners, CT scanning, cardiac arrest team, paediatric care, decontamination facilities and specialist opinion from all major specialities, including minor injuries, acute mental health problems, and complications in pregnancy. 

This is the local hospital for residents of Tower Hamlets.

Address: Whitechapel Road, E1 1BB

Switchboard tel: 020 7377 7000

Direct number: 020 3594 637


Maternity Mates


A service available to pregnant women living in Newham or Tower Hamlets who do not have a suitable support network or have specific needs or healthcare issues.

Tel: 020 7377 8725

020 7377 1064


LinkedIn: WHFS (Women's Health & Family Services)

Ambrose King Centre


Offers a walk in Sexual health service including STI testing, STI treatment, rapid/same day HIV testing, free pregnancy testing, emergency contraception, contraception and reproductive health, sexual health and HIV advice and support, talking therapies and counselling.

Located near The Royal London at Mount Terrace, Whitechapel, London, E1 2BB

Tel: 020 7377 7307

Tower Hamlets Early Detection Service


Supports 16 to 25 year olds living in London Borough Tower Hamlets who are concerned about their emotional and mental health and how that is affecting their life. Referrals can be made by both professionals and non-professionals.

Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding on Bank holidays)

Tel: 020 3487 1320


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Pan London and national support 

London Pan London and national support

Works to improve the mental health needs of the local community by raising awareness and promoting a range of services through partnerships

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm 

Tel: 020 7510 1081


Woman's trust


Offers one to one counselling to women who have experienced domestic violence

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Tel: 020 7034 0303

Women & Girls Network


Offers free counselling to women in London who have experienced gendered violence.

Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm

Wednesday 6pm to 9pm

Tel: 0808 801 0660


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

A professional body and a registered charity that sets standards for therapeutic practice and provides information for therapists, clients of therapy, and the public. They also have a tool that allows you to search a list of accredited practitioners.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (not including bank holidays)

Tel: 01455 883300


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VAWG service directory

You can find lots of other useful services on the Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) service directory homepage.