Preventing and Reducing Homelessness in Scotland

This briefing will examine the latest developments and practice in preventing and tackling homelessness in Scotland.

The context

In 2015/16, Scottish local authorities received around 35,000 homelessness applications.

Although the number of people being assessed as homeless or at risk of homelessness has declined, but with forthcoming developments including changes to housing benefit for temporary accommodation – how can we meet the challenges to best prevent and reduce homelessness?

Attend this Holyrood event for an up-to-date brief on latest policy and practice, and consider with peers how to most effectively intervene.

Key learning objectives

  • Get an up-to-date brief on the latest developments affecting homelessness in Scotland
  • Consider the challenges, issues and innovative approaches that can prevent and reduce homelessness
  • Gain insights into good practice - how to provide personalised, effective support and interventions


09:15 Registration and Refreshments

10:00 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

Professor Alan Alexander OBE, General Secretary, Royal Society of Edinburgh

10:05 Session 1: Priorities for Preventing Homelessness

  • Up-to-date brief on latest policy developments, including housing and welfare reform
  • Overview of impact of recent developments on homelessness
  • Insights into policy and practice from beyond Scotland
  • The role of temporary accommodation

10:05 Marion Gibbs, Homelessness Team Leader, Scottish Government

Nicola Dickie, Policy Manager, COSLA

Gavin Yates, Chief Executive, Homeless Action Scotland

11:05 Questions and Discussion

11:25 Refreshments and Networking

11:45 Session 2: Interactive Workshop

Taking advantage of the learning from the morning, collective knowledge, experience and expertise in the room, attendees will lead the discussions by identifying the key issues, challenges and solutions to prevent and reduce homelessness.

Facilitated by Aoife Deery, Policy Officer - Homelessness and Welfare Reform, Shelter Scotland

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:35 Session 3: Personalised and Effective Interventions

  • Helping people sustain tenancies
  • Providing person centred support to people with complex needs, including health, mental health and addiction
  • Using evidence-based and re-integrative approaches to support homeless people and those at risk of homelessness

13:35 The Public Social Partnership (PSP) approach to homelessness adopted in Fife

  • The unique way Fife and partners tackle homelessness across the Kingdom
  • PSP is our USP (unique selling point)!

 Joan Lamie, Housing Manager (Homelessness), Fife Council

13:55 Case Study: The Housing First Approach

Patrick McKay, Operations Manager, Turning Point Scotland - Housing First

14:15 Case Study: The Welsh Approach

Joy Williams, Senior Project Officer, Local Authority Homelessness and Supporting People Networks (Welsh Local Government Association)

14:35 Questions and Discussion

14:55 Summary by the Chair

15:00 Close of Event

 *Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lance, Edinburgh, EH2 4JD


Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email or phone 0131 285 1635 

26 October 2017



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