Homelessness: Advocacy and children’s rights course

Our Always Heard helpline regularly receives calls from Children who are, or are facing homelessness and often do not understand what should happen and who should support them. We speak to many professionals unaware of the legal processes which should be followed to safeguard Children facing homelessness.

As a result, we have developed a popular homelessness training into two online workshops covering an introduction into those rights, and how to advocate on for Children (Under 18) who are homeless. The two sessions will provide an opportunity to discuss the experiences of Children who are homeless and the barriers they may face. We will discuss how professionals can advocate on behalf of, and utilise case law to ensure rights of Children who are homeless are upheld.

Course date(s):

26 November 2020

3 December 2020

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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