Young People Housing and Homelessness

This course will enable delegates to develop an understanding of youth homelessness and the legislative frameworks available to assist young people. It provides an understanding of how the legislation can be used as a platform to develop better integrated services for all young people in housing need.

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

Course contains

  • Levels, patterns and trends of 'young single homelessness'
  • Homelessness legislation
  • Priority-need categories and the assessment of vulnerability
  • The Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000
  • Analysis of implications of House of Lords judgments on the M and G cases and the role of the Children Act
  • The division (and sharing?) of responsibilities
  • Post M and G case law and government guidance
  • The importance of a lawful protocol for determining outcomes for homeless 16- to 17-year-olds.

Learning outcomes

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand how duties under the homelessness legislation mesh with responsibilities under the Children and Children Leaving Care Acts
  • Interpret how responsibilities should be divided (and at times shared)
  • Recognise that meshing all three legislative frameworks can become the basis for developing a fully integrated service for young people in housing need.

Suitable for

Anyone who gives housing advice to young people, and needs to understand their rights and the legislative basis for service provision.

Meet the trainer

Ian Dunn

Ian has worked for Shelter as a trainer and consultant for over a decade. He has been working and training in housing law over 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