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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Following the government’s announcements on 16 March, it is clear we are entering a new phase of the coronavirus pandemic. As such, we feel it is best to stop delivery of all face-to-face training until further notice.

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 trainer

Ian Dunn

Ian Dunn has worked for Shelter as a trainer and consultant since 2004. He has been working and training in housing law for almost 20 years. As well as lecturing in social welfare law at the University of Westminster he has many years’ experience working with housing associations and local authorities providing tailored courses. Ian excels at conveying complex information in an easy to understand way and adapting to the knowledge and experience of the group. Ian encourages interaction and questions from participants and has a warm, approachable manner.

CPD hours 5