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SHELTER ADDS NEW DATES FOR YOUTH HOMELESSNESS SEMINAR

SHELTER ADDS NEW DATES FOR YOUTH HOMELESSNESS SEMINAR (Refuge / Emergency Accommodation)

by administrator @, Tuesday, August 25, 2009, 21:30

Shelter has launched a number of nationwide seminars on youth homelessness, following huge demand from housing practitioners for information on the impact of two recent House of Lords judgements.

The Children Act aimed to create the first clear powers and duties towards young single homelessness people, but many practitioners became extremely frustrated by their inability to use the Children Act help young people affected by homelessness.

The introduction of the additional priority need categories in 2002 made it even harder for advisers to enforce the act. However, two recent House of Lords judgements have clarified the interpretation of the priority need category for homeless 16/17 year olds and highlighted the primacy of the Children Act in responding to young single homelessness.

After initially planning a one-off event in London, demand has been so high for clarification on the impact of these judgements that Shelter has added a further 12 dates nationwide, with more on the way.

John Macklin, Shelter's young homelessness trainer said: "The judgements bring much needed clarity to the role of the Children Act in responding to young single homelessness and could usher in a period of improved joint working. However practitioners need to understand the impact of these judgements and use them effectively to help young people affected by homelessness.

"Our seminar is vital for anyone working with this vulnerable group and we would urge anyone interested to sign up soon to avoid disappointment."

From urban myth to does 'Every Child Matter'? Homelessness and the Children Act will be running at venues in London, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham and York across October and November.

www.shelter.org.uk/conferences

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