Mental Health and Housing

This course is delivered within the context that a disproportionate number of people experiencing mental ill-health become homeless and a disproportionate number of people who become homeless develop mental health problems. The course examines the relevant mental health, community care and housing law that can assist in preventing and relieving homelessness and developing appropriate support packages.


N.B. Our Jan-June 2019 London courses will be held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact training@shelter.org.uk with any queries rather than the venue direct).

Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
Places
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29 Nov 2018 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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30 Apr 2019 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course contains

  • Practical advice on accessing appropriate services
  • The changes to compulsory admissions introduced by the Mental Health Act 2007
  • Rights under s.117 of the Mental Health Act
  • Tactics for defending possession proceedings
  • The changes introduced by the Care Act 2014
  • The new National Minimum Eligibility Criteria for community care services
  • The assessment of vulnerability under the homelessness legislation
  • The structural links between the legislation that aim to promote a more responsive service.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to access community care and specialist mental health services
  • Distinguish situations where there are clear rights from those subject to discretion or eligibility criteria
  • Appreciate the increasing relevance of the Equality Act in the process of preventing and relieving homelessness
  • Recognise the importance of all professionals understanding their responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act
  • Understand the implications of the changes introduced by the Care Act 2014 and the increased emphasis on joint working.

Suitable for

Anyone involved in the provision of services, advice or support to people with mental and emotional distress.

Meet the trainers

John Macklin: 29 November 2018

John has been a trainer for Shelter since 1989. He 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.

Ariane Adam: 30 April 2019

Ariane Adam is a barrister at 1MCB, Chambers of John Benson QC. Her practice is focused on equality and human rights in the areas of housing, homelessness, and immigration. She is also frequently contracted to undertake human rights evaluations, and to produce policy and research papers for international bodies and organisations. Ariane has extensive experience in possession and homelessness matters, which has included volunteering at Greenwich Housing Rights as a duty advocate. Her knowledge of and experience in discrimination law have made her especially well placed to advise and pursue disability discrimination arguments in this area. She has particular experience in representing young and vulnerable people and individuals with mental health difficulties.

CPD hours 5