Reducing Use of B&B for Homeless Families and Young People

This seminar will enable participants to deliver a homelessness service that reduces the use of Bed and Breakfast as temporary accommodation for families, other than in emergency and for a maximum of six weeks, and avoids the use of Bed and Breakfast altogether for 16 & 17 year olds.

Seminar covers

  • B&B usage: in your local authority area/regionally/nationally
  • Effective strategic approach to manage temporary accommodation and prevent homelessness
  • Effective monitoring of B&B usage and temporary accommodation
  • Alternatives to B&B and knowing your local market – options for families and young people
  • Effective partnership working and joint protocols
  • B&B usage and barriers to move-on
  • Allocations policy and managing B&B usage
  • Benefits of effective pathways planning.

Learning outcomes

After attending this seminar delegates will have:

  • Identified reasons for the recent significant increase in use of Bed and Breakfast accommodation for homeless households
  • Examined the benefits of a strategic approach to homeless prevention, including consideration of best practice employed by other local authorities
  • Identified how this can be implemented practically in their district
  • Considered alternatives to B&B and the practicalities of engaging with other landlords including social housing providers, supported housing providers and private landlords to deliver these. These alternatives to be considered both for emergency accommodation to avoid using B&B and also as longer term temporary accommodation to enable move-on from B&B
  • Explored good practice in joint working with other agencies, particularly Children’s Services and the development and implementation for effective joint protocols for meeting the needs of homeless 16 & 17 year olds
  • Identified barriers to swift move-on from B&B where it needs to be used, and considered good practice examples of other local authorities
  • Considered the benefits of effective Pathways Planning in securing suitable accommodation and support for homeless households
  • Be aware of how homelessness services fit in with other strategies and policies adopted by the local authority, such as Safeguarding, Financial Inclusion, ASB etc.
  • Identify how the allocations policy can best contribute to homelessness prevention and reducing the use of B&B
  • Ensure that all approaches adopted are focused on delivering an appropriate service to the client rather than overly focused on achieving targets.
  • Suitable for

    Those involved in development homelessness policies and strategies and those responsible for front line delivery of services. Delegates should have a working knowledge of homelessness legislation and the delivery of homelessness prevention services.

    Meet the trainer

    Guy Wardle is a full-time independent consultant and trainer who has delivered training for Shelter since 2000. He has worked in the field of housing and homelessness for over 25 years and has worked as a freelance trainer and consultant for fifteen years. Initially Guy worked in hostels for single homeless people, and then housing advice, for nine years. Guy has previously been a director of two small charities assisting single homeless people and was a member of the steering committee of the West Midlands Housing Law Group. Guy runs many of Shelter's courses, including the more advanced housing and homelessness topics. Much of his consultancy work is around the delivery of local authority housing options services - advising on homelessness reviews - and the management of supported housing projects, including assisting in drafting policies, procedures and tenancy and license agreements.
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