Community Care and Housing

This majority of the Care Act became law from April 2015 and makes extensive reference to the role of housing and use of housing scenarios in the statutory guidance. This course discusses the most significant changes to the housing sector which resulted from implementation of the Act, including suitable accommodation, prevention and relief of homelessness.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY: We confirm/cancel courses three weeks in advance. Book your place early to give us an accurate idea of delegate numbers and to avoid disappointment.

Group training (5-18 staff): Commercial rate £955; Standard / Concessionary £890 + plus trainer’s expenses + VAT

Course contains

  • The over-riding principle of well-being (which includes suitable accommodation)
  • Prevention duties
  • Changes to assessments
  • The new National Minimum Eligibility Criteria
  • The range of possibilities when discharging duties
  • Personalisation and direct payments
  • Clearer obligations towards carers
  • Moves towards closer integration of health and social care
  • Adult protection put on a statutory footing
  • The possibility of virtually all services being “delegated”
  • Complaints and the obligation to put decisions in writing.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how to access Adult Care services
  • Draw conclusions on eligibility under the National Minimum Eligibility Criteria
  • Identify the range of possible ways that services can be provided
  • Understand how to challenge adverse decisions
  • Recognise the potential utility of the Care Act to people in housing need.

Suitable for

Anyone working with or advising vulnerable adults with support needs, carers and vulnerable homeless people. It will be particularly relevant for those with a role in preventing and relieving homelessness.

Meet the trainer

Tony Martin is a solicitor specialising in landlord and tenant and housing law. Alongside his work as a trainer, Tony supervises a student led legal advice clinic and teaches law at BPP University. He qualified as a solicitor in 2001 in a private Legal Aid firm and then practised as a senior solicitor in a Law Centre. Tony has spent all his working life in housing, having worked in hostels, special needs housing and housing management in the voluntary sector and at a senior level in a homelessness service and in housing policy for a London local authority, prior to qualifying as a solicitor. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Tony has undertaken detailed homelessness and housing options case file reviews for local authorities and voluntary organisations, as well as undertaken staff performance interviews, workshadowing and written summary reports for Shelter Consultancy since 2013.

CPD hours 5