Homelessness: Advocacy and Care Leavers Rights

A significant number of the referrals we receive through our ‘Always Heard’ helpline are from care leavers facing homelessness, or in unsuitable/temporary accommodation. Many of these care leavers tell us they have asked their leaving care team for help and have not received it, often living in hostels or on the street.  

For this two part course, we will develop your understanding on the rights for adult care leavers facing homelessness and what we can do to support care leavers to find safe and suitable accommodation.

Course date(s):

16 March 2021

23 March 2021

Who is this specialist training for?

For professionals  and colleagues working with children and young people. looking to extend knowledge on the topic. The course is suitable for those with little to no knowledge on the topic, and for those who are interested in a refresher.

Course Outcomes:

  • To explore an introduction into leaving care and identify categories of care leavers.
  • Further understand the experience and engage effectively with care leavers who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • To be able to work with relevant legislation including: The Children Act 1989 and the Children Leaving Care Act 2000, including homelessness legislation and ‘priority-need’.
  • To recognise when to consider a ‘Retrospective care status’.
  • To be able to support young people to access to the complaints process and solicitors.


Scarlett Cowling, Specialist Advocate 16+ and Outreach Advocate


Expectation for participants

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