Introduction to Homelessness Prevention


This introductory course if for people who work with families, young people and single person households who are homeless or may be at risk of homelessness.  The Homelessness Reduction Act (2017) marks a significant change in homelessness legislation in England. It places statutory duties on local authorities to intervene earlier to prevent homelessness, and to provide help to all eligible homeless applicants irrespective of ‘priority need’ or ‘intentional homelessness’ and will support staff to fullfill their Duty to Refer.  It is offered via the OSCB as multi-agency training and is delivered by the Oxfordshire Trailblazer Programme.


Target Audience:

For those who work in specified bodies with the Duty to Refer listed below and those  in the wider servcies includidng the voluntary sector providing support and advice to households across Oxfordshire.


  • prisons;
  • youth offender institutions;
  • secure training centres;
  • secure colleges;
  • youth offending teams;
  • probation services (including community rehabilitation companies);
  • Jobcentre Plus;
  • social service authorities;
  • emergency departments;
  • urgent treatment centres; and,
  • hospitals in their function of providing inpatient care.