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Our Identifying and Reducing Homelessness course is crucially timed to prepare you for the Homelessness Reduction Act coming into force.

The Act places greater legal obligations on local authorities to reduce homelessness, including a new duty to prevent homelessness for all eligible applicants threatened with homelessness, regardless of priority need, and a new duty on public services to notify a local authority if they believe somebody is homeless or likely to become homeless.

With a greater focus on early intervention set out in the Act, this course provides you with guidance on effectively identifying those in most need and reducing the number of rough sleepers in your area.

In addition to new legislation, the Public Accounts Committee December 2017 report has stated that homelessness in England has risen since 2010 and is now a “national crisis”.

This Identifying and Reducing Homelessness training course, led by Roger Barton, who has over 20 years’ experience in preventing homelessness, provides you with the necessary practical advice and support to develop strategies to reduce homelessness in your local area.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Implement the Homelessness Reduction Act
  • Learn from a best practice case studies identifying and preventing rough sleeping
  • Gain practical advice to help your staff give the best possible support the most vulnerable groups
  • Learn how to efficiently utilise data to reduce homelessness
  • Create an action plan to give you the confidence to reduce homelessness
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act

  • Assess the potential impact of the Homelessness Reduction Act on reducing homelessness
  • Position your organisation for success when it comes to reducing homelessness
  • Learn from best practice case studies of reducing homelessness
  • Scope the future of identifying and preventing homelessness
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Best Practice Case Study Housing Association: Successful Intervention and Prevention

Delegates will be able to work with a leading housing association, to help the develop intervention and prevention strategies.

  • Learn best practice from Origin Housing Association who won ‘Outstanding Social Landlord of the Year’ at the UK Housing Awards 2016
  • Create effective assessment techniques to help reduce homelessness
  • Teach your staff to give written advice on the recommended actions
12:00 - 12:45

Best Practice Case Study Local Government: Successful Intervention and Prevention

  • Hear best practice from one of the 28 trailblazers, which has been awarded with £2.5 million worth of funding to tackle homelessness
  • Create pathways targeted at preventing homelessness and seeking appropriate accommodation with supported services
  • Learn how to reduce “gatekeeping” and prioritise the most vulnerable
  • Give specific and separate advice for single people and families
12:45 - 13:15

Workshop I: Utilise Data to Reduce Homelessness

  • Learn how to efficiently collect data on homelessness and rough sleeping in your area
  • Effectively share data with other organisations to help reduce homelessness
  • Utilise data to learn whether homeless prevention schemes are working
  • Use information to design more appropriate pathways to reduce homelessness
13:15 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Workshop II: Implement a Homelessness Reduction Plan

In this practical workshop session delegates will create a homelessness reduction action plan.

  • Discuss in groups and with the Chair, how you would reduce homelessness in your area
  • Improve how you engage with those most vulnerable of becoming homeless
  • Develop strategies to help your organisation provide more effective services
  • Design a toolkit to help you and your staff to give the best advice
  • Learn how to target resources to help homeless people
  • Create an action plan to identify and prevent homelessness
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation and Close


America Square Conference Centre

1 America Square, 17 Crosswall, , London , EC3N 2LB