Workshop success helps homelessness prevention agenda

Following the success of the Homelessness Prevention Conference in October 2018, Warwickshire County Council recently held two workshops on homelessness prevention aimed at social care practitioners.

The workshops, which took place in February 2019, were facilitated by key partners – Preventing Homelessness Improving Lives (PHIL), District and Borough Council housing teams and the Home Environment Assessment and Response Team (HEART).

The workshops featured talks and activities to support social care practitioners to:

  • better identify people who are at risk of homelessness
  • ensure statutory duties under the Homelessness Reduction Act 2018 are met
  • make appropriate referrals to relevant homelessness support
  • understand how HEART can support people who are unable to remain at home or return home after a stay in hospital, as their accommodation is no longer suitable
  • be aware of support for veterans available via the Armed Forces Covenant

Workshops took place both in the north and the south of the county and were attended by representatives from all Operational Teams.

The social care practitioners who attended will act as Homelessness Prevention Champions for their teams and share their learning with their colleagues. A Google group for the Champions has now been set up to continue sharing best practice, learning and provide an opportunity to ask questions.

Both workshops proved to be very successful with social care practitioners feeling afterwards that they were better informed and more confident to support this vulnerable cohort.

For more information about homelessness prevention in the county and our referral duties as local authority staff, go to www.warwickshire.gov.uk/dutytorefer


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