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.

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Public course dates
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Location Public Course Price
  Standard   Commercial Concessionary
2 Dec 2019 Resource for London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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24 Feb 2020 Resource for London £130.00 £140.00 £120.00
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4 Jun 2020 Resource for 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 trainer

John Macklin: 30 April 2019

John has been a trainer with us since 1989. He has worked in the housing and homelessness sector for 25 years, including 10 years at 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 us, he has also worked 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.

Sharon Nandoo: 2 December 2019

Sharon has over 18 years’ experience of housing law. As a qualified legal executive Sharon has represented local authorities and housing associations in a range of legal issues including disrepair counterclaims, anti-social behaviour, sub-letting and rent arrears. Sharon spent 12 years working for one of the largest housing associations in the South East, specialising in anti-social behaviour, subletting and domestic abuse. Sharon has been a freelance trainer and consultant since 2015, advising social landlords on tenancy issues and policy development.

CPD hours 5