Wed, 13 Mar|
Homelessness legislation and care leavers
This session will cover care leavers and what different housing options they might have when they leave care, touching on the importance of preparation and planning with young people and their carers/families.
Time & Location
13 Mar 2024, 09:30 – 12:30
About the Event
Open to all social work practitioners across Adult and Children's Services within the West Midlands Social Work Teaching Partnership. Please see our Partner organisations below.
Session overview: This session will cover care leavers and what different housing options they might have when they leave care, we will touch on the importance of preparation and planning with young people and their carers/families.
- You will learn about the basics regarding Part 6 of the Housing Act 1996, which covers the allocation of social housing, and also the private rented sector and supported accommodation options.
- We will also cover Part 7 of the Housing Act 1996, which covers homelessness. There are specific areas of the legislation which apply to care leavers and are useful to be aware of.
Facilitator: Anna Whalen works as a freelance consultant across England with local authorities and some third sector agencies on homelessness.
She has a background working with young people and worked as a senior manager in Children’s Services responsible for setting up and managing a multi-disciplinary Service for older teenagers who were looked after, young people leaving care, and 16/17-year-olds who were homeless.
In 2008 Anna started a national role as a youth homelessness adviser, working with councils all over England. She then went on to spend time as a senior homelessness adviser in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), leaving in 2019.
Anna works across England with councils to prevent homelessness through helping them and their partners improve their services to vulnerable people including young people. This involves undertaking service reviews, other improvement work and training. Anna is also an associate for St Basils, a youth homelessness charity and housing association in the West Midlands.
Deadlines for registering: Friday 16th February 2024
Please note, your space will not be confirmed until after this deadline date, when a member of the Programme Team will be in touch to confirm the status of your booking, i.e., if you have secured a space or if you will be placed on the waiting list.
Birmingham City Council
Birmingham City University
Chershire East Council
City of Stoke-on-Trent Council
City of Wolverhampton council
Coventry City Council
Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council
Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council
Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
Staffordshire county council
Telford & Wrekin Council
University of Birmingham
University of Warwick
University of Wolverhampton
University of Worcester
Warwickshire County Council
Worcestershire County Council