Community Care and Housing

Nearly 70 years of disparate and often contradictory community care legislation has been replaced by the Care Act 2014. The majority of the Act became law from 1 April 2015. This course looks at the philosophies that underpin the Act and provides an outline of the new legislation highlighting the most significant changes. The course will also look at the Act within the context of its potential utility in the prevention and relief of homelessness.

Course contains

  • The over-riding principle of well-being (which includes suitable accommodation)
  • Prevention duties
  • Changes to assessments
  • The new National Minimum Eligibility Criteria
  • The range of possibilities when discharging duties
  • Personalisation and direct payments
  • Clearer obligations towards carers
  • The government’s response to the Dilnot Commission recommendations on the long-term funding of care
  • Moves towards closer integration of health and social care
  • Adult protection put on a statutory footing
  • The possibility of virtually all services being “delegated”
  • Complaints and the obligation to put decisions in writing
  • How resilient will the Act be in the face of any Human Rights or Equality Act challenge to services (or lack of services)?
  • Will the operation of the Act be compatible with UK’s commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to access Adult Care services
  • Draw conclusions on eligibility under the National Minimum Eligibility Criteria
  • Identify the range of possible ways that services can be provided
  • Understand how to challenge adverse decisions
  • Recognise the potential utility of the Care Act to people in housing need.

Suitable for

Anyone working with or advising vulnerable adults with support needs, carers and vulnerable homeless people. It will be particularly relevant for those with a role in preventing and relieving homelessness.

Meet the trainer

John Macklin has been a trainer for Shelter since 1989. He has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for 25 years, including 10 years for Shelter as an adviser and manager. During this time John worked with local authorities and voluntary sector agencies in developing a range of young single homelessness projects and expanding access to advice.

John is also a qualified social worker and prior to working for Shelter working for social services within the fields of childcare, community care and mental health. The experience of having worked in both the statutory and advice sectors informs his training in the fields of young people, homelessness, community care and mental health.

CPD hours 5