Prisoners' Housing Rights

This course equips delegates with the skills and knowledge to provide assistance to people from remand through to sentencing and release. Heavy emphasis is placed on the importance of sustaining tenancies and the range of available tactics. Delegates develop an understanding of the assessment of vulnerability under the homelessness legislation and consider the position of those facing homelessness upon discharge.

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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8 Nov 2018 London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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17 May 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

‘Very articulate trainer. He took his time to explain thoroughly.’

Housing Options Officer, LB of Tower Hamlets

Course contains

  • The current policy and legislative context and Community Rehabilitation Companies
  • Home detention curfew and calculating earliest date of release
  • Remand and sentencing
  • Housing Benefit
  • Grounds for possession and opportunities to sustain tenancies
  • Homelessness legislation in outline
  • Vulnerability, intentionality and local connection
  • Eligible for or excluded from the housing register?
  • Community Care entitlements clarified by the Care Act 2014.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Establish whether it would be possible to sustain tenancies during a custodial sentence
  • Understand how to work strategically to reduce homelessness and the risk of re-offending
  • Identify key case law around vulnerability and how to support homelessness applications.

Suitable for

Homelessness and allocation officers; link workers based in prisons, those giving advice to prisoners and link or liaison officers based in local authorities and housing associations.

Meet the trainers

John Macklin: 8 November 2018

John 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.

Ariane Adam: 17 May 2019

Ariane 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