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.

N.B. Our 2019 London courses are being held at Resource for London, Holloway Rd, N7 6PA (please continue to contact training@shelter.org.uk with any queries rather than the venue direct).

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 trainers

Vyaj Lovejoy is a barrister specialising in public law and human rights at 1MCB, Chambers of John Benson QC. She practices in housing, homelessness and community care law. Also practicing in immigration and asylum law, she has detailed knowledge of the crossover between housing and immigration law and how this affects European Economic Area (EEA) nationals and those without leave to remain. Vyaj has experience of housing and homelessness policy being a trustee of Just Fair, where she has represented before the United Nations, and from work with the Association for Civil Rights in Israel where she helped inform the drafting of a proposed Homelessness Bill in Israel. She previously volunteered at Greenwich Housing Rights for four years as a duty advocate and at Hackney Winter Night Shelter providing front line advice. Vyaj has experience of training other lawyers and teaching law to 14–18 year olds. She is currently studying an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, part time at Essex University.

CPD hours 5