Homelessness Reduction Act Conference: Implementing the Prevention Approach

A one-day conference featuring expert speaker sessions and practical workshops

This conference considers the practical and legal implications for the sector with lead speakers involved in reviewing the key changes of the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.

Attend to hear panel debates on how the legislation aims to finding a lasting solution to stop people from becoming homeless in the first place. The panel will also discuss new data collection responsibilities for local authorities to provide better prevention and homelessness statistics in order to accurately represent underlying causes and repeat homelessness.

Workshops will provide practical insights and good practice on advice, Personal Housing Plans and recommendations from Shelter’s services on achieving early prevention and preparing for implementation.
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'Implementing the Prevention Approach' will explore the following key issues:

  • What is emerging from the consultation on the Code of Guidance
  • The importance of timely advice and assistance and achieving accurate advice to effectively prevent homelessness
  • The DCLG’s new data monitoring requirements - what other monitoring solutions are needed
  • How is shared accommodation being used by local authorities and what is the impact on families
  • Evaluating frontline services to ensure help focusses on what matters to clients.

There will be two keynote panel sessions, plus a choice of morning and afternoon workshops.


Full programme:

Panel session 1: Homelessness Reduction Act 2017: What’s happening and what can we expect

A panel discussion regarding the government's legislation approach for reducing homelessness and addressing challenges to prevention. The panel will discuss the key changes, what is the 'culture change' required for successful implementation, how can authorities prepare beyond new systems and new staff.

Speakers: Chris Hancock, Head of Housing, Crisis; Jo Beck, Team Leader - Homelessness Reduction Act Delivery Support, Preventing Homelessness Team, DCLG; Deborah Garvie, Senior Policy Manager, Shelter.


Morning workshop session - choice of two:

Workshop 1: Housing First – offering solutions to homelessness

Hear about Shelter’s Housing First project in Manchester, including its approach to gaining people access to the PRS and the successes and challenges for the team.

Led by: John Ryan, Hub Manager / Sarah Walters, Development Manager, Shelter.


Workshop 2: Giving Advice - good practice

As the sector focuses on Personal Housing Plan tools, templates and assessments, this workshop discusses the importance of giving timely and accurate advice and assistance in order to achieve effective prevention. This workshop will include a demo of the ‘Advice Aid’ tool developed by Neatlines in conjunction with Shelter.

Led by: Peter McGuire/Thomas Fowler, Neatlines Consultancy; Sara Lomax, Housing Options & Homelessness Service Manager, West Suffolk.


Panel session 2: Homelessness & Prevention Data Monitoring

The DCLG’s H-CLIC (Homelessness Case Level Information Collection) has redesigned the data monitoring requirements for local authorities in England. This panel session examines the requirements, their likely effectiveness and what other data monitoring solutions are needed.

Speakers: Jenny Pennington, Senior Research Officer, Shelter; Jo Beck, Team Leader - Homelessness Reduction Act Delivery Support, Preventing Homelessness Team, DCLG; Ian Swift, Group Services Manager for Housing Solutions, LB of Southwark.


Afternoon workshop session - choice of two:

Workshop 3: Delivering Effective Services – what matters?

The HRA changes have led local authorities and voluntary sector organisations to think about how they currently work with clients threatened with homelessness, and how service delivery needs to be changed or improved. This workshop looks at how Shelter has been evaluating its frontline service offer to ensure help is offered to clients by focussing on what matters to them, and a homelessness prevention officer from Southwark Council shares the changes they have put in place to help clients at the earliest opportunity.

Led by: Marie Samuel, Front Facing Homelessness Officer, LB of Southwark; Imogen Usher, Quality Assurance Manager, Shelter's Business Support Team.


Workshop 4: Best Practice, training and preparation for implementation

Hear about best practice gathered by Shelter so far and how we are using this to inform the tailored training programmes we are delivering to authorities as part of their implementation preparation. This workshop will also consider how ‘reflective practice’ elements can be incorporated to enable delegates to consolidate learning and identify better working practices.

Led by: Harinder Birring, Head of Consultancy Services, Shelter.


Closing session: Homelessness Law Update

John Gallagher, Principal Solicitor, Shelter.


Lunch will be provided


This conference will be held at Shelter's training venue at 4 Garrett Street, London, EC1Y 0TY, situated less than 10 minutes' walk from either Barbican or Old Street Tube stations. Please email us at conference@shelter.org.uk if you have any queries.

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