Rough Sleeping conference programme

Join local authority and voluntary sector staff to share learning and best practice around effective interventions to prevent and relieve rough sleeping.

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Event programme:

10.00 - 10.20    Welcome, introductions and Ministerial Address

  • Welcome: Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
  • Opening Ministerial Address: Heather Wheeler MP, Minister for Housing and Homelessness, MHCLG

10.20 - 11.30    Opening Plenary: Good practice tackling rough sleeping at home and abroad

  • Chair: Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
  • David Ireland, Director, World Habitat
  • Jeremy Swain, Deputy Director, Homelessness & Rough Sleeping Delivery, MHCLG
  • John Hamblin, Chief Executive, Shekinah
  • Debbie Freeman, Commissioner, Torbay Council

Questions and answers            

11.30 - 11.50    Coffee break  

11.50 - 13.00    Masterclass series I   

  • Engaging with people with multiple and complex needs
  • Preventing modern slavery and supporting victims
  • Adopting a psychologically informed approach
  • Supporting the needs of women sleeping rough
  • Multiple exclusion homelessness, the Care Act, and Safeguarding    

13.00 - 14.00    Lunch    

14.00 - 15.10    Masterclass series II

  • Engaging with people with multiple and complex needs (repeated)
  • Working with non-UK Nationals
  • Recognising and supporting autistic people
  • Building bridges between commissioned and faith-based organisations
  • Making Multi-Agency Casework Meetings work

15.10 - 15.30    Coffee break

15.30 - 16.40    Closing panel: Working together to end rough sleeping

  • Chair: Rick Henderson, Chief Executive, Homeless Link
  • Craig Jones, Policy and Commissioning Lead for Criminal Justice, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey
  • Gill Leng, Specialist Health Advisor, MHCLG
  • Jez Stannard, Senior Programme Manager: Alcohol, Drugs and Tobacco Programme, Public Health England
  • Jon Kuhrt, RSI Advisor for Faith, MHCLG
  • Sarah-Jane Gay, External Affairs Manager and Policy Lead on Homelessness, National Housing Federation

16.40                Close of conference

Talk To Us

Alex McKenzie

Conference and events manager

Alex manages Homeless Link's conference and events programme.

Telephone: 020 7840 4493
Email: alex.mcKenzie@homelesslink.org.uk