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Understanding Homelessness Free Taster Session

Northumbria University


Northumbria University is offering a free taster session as an introduction to the full module 'Understanding Homelessness' which is available as a Continuous Professional Development programme.

Single homeless people: who are they, what are their needs and what services are provided to them?

Monday 20th May 2019

2pm - 4pm

Room 3.04, Sandyford Building, Northumbria University

This interactive session will be led by Dr Jamie Harding, who has 25 years of experience of conducting research into homelessness. Please come along if you are just interested or if you would like to find out more about studying a full module on homelessness in the autumn of 2019.

To register your place at the free taster session please email the CPD team on

Understanding Homelessness Module

The module provides those working in the area of homelessness, or with an interest in the topic, with contextual knowledge and analysis of history, theories, policy and practice in this area.  Students consider different factors that have been argued to be causes of homelessness and the evidence that is available to support these ideas. They then discuss how these different theories have influenced policies, with particular reference to the 1977 Housing (Homeless Persons) Act and other more recent developments such as the 2017 Homelessness Reduction Act. There will be substantial consideration of current practice issues, arising both from central government policy and the measures that are put in place to prevent and tackle homelessness at a local level.

Areas covered by the module include:

- Causes of homelessness locally, nationally and internationally

- Central government response: the history of law and policy

- Local government response to homelessness

- Temporary accommodation, supported accommodation and houses in multiple occupation

- The role of agencies and co-ordination of services

- Rough sleeping and multiple exclusion homelessness

- Housing First

- Preventing homelessness

- Evidence and homelessness: from understanding causes to evaluating services

For more information or to register your interest in the Understanding Homelessness module, please visit here

Event Details

Northumbria University
Room 3.04, Sandyford Building
City Campus West
Newcastle upon Tyne


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