Homelessness: Multiple Needs and the Law

This course will increase delegates' knowledge of the rights and entitlements of homeless people with multiple needs to assistance and support under community care legislation and homelessness legislation. Participants will increase their confidence in their advocacy skills and awareness of the importance of casework informing strategic planning.

Course contains

  • An introduction to current understanding of dual diagnosis
  • An outline of community care legislation and its relevance to groups with particular needs
  • Services for those with mental and physical health problems, and substance dependency problems
  • Problems in accessing services for those with dual diagnosis
  • Advocacy and challenging decisions
  • Developing support packages in tandem with homelessness applications
  • The assessment of vulnerability under the homelessness legislation
  • Homelessness Prevention – Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand current theories on the inter-relationship of mental health problems and substance use
  • Recognise and trigger key legislative provisions that provide the framework for service delivery and be familiar with current guidance
  • Appreciate the increasing relevance of the Equality Act in the process of preventing and relieving homelessness and service delivery
  • Understand the importance of integrated and timely service provision.
  • Suitable for

    Anyone working with homeless people with multiple needs in day centres, hostels, resettlement/outreach projects and advice centres.

    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