Prisoners’ Housing Rights
1 Day Course – 5 CPD hours – facilitated by SHELTER
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
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.
- 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
- 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