The Prevention Review Group has published its recommendations for legal duties to prevent homelessness - Preventing Homelessness in Scotland (pdf)
In this section
- How will it work?
- Who is on the expert group?
- Who else is involved?
- Meeting agendas and minutes
- Briefing papers and presentations
- All in for Change: The Prevention Commission
- Contact us
The Scotland Prevention Review Group was convened to take forward a recommendation in the Ending Homelessness Together High Level Action Plan published by the Scottish Government and Convention of Scotland Local Authorities (CoSLA) in November 2018: “We will work with public bodies, housing providers and other partners to develop a new duty on local authorities, wider public bodies and delivery partners for the prevention of homelessness.”
The Group will develop recommendations to the Scottish Government for a legal duty or duties on Scottish local authorities and wider public bodies to prevent homelessness. The Group will provide advice on how to ensure the recommendations are successfully implemented in the context of wider reforms to homelessness provision in Scotland.
The Group was originally scheduled to meet between November 2019 and June 2020. Due to COVID-19 the decision was taken to postpone the work of the Group and the Group is now due to publish its report in February 2021. Each meeting has a different theme. Every theme will be informed by the views and experiences of other experts, people with lived experience of homelessness and frontline workers.
What are the themes the group will look at?
Overview of work
Housing and homelessness duties for improved prevention
Role of health and social care
Offenders and prison leavers
Case management, strategic planning, monitoring and enforcement
Children, young people and families
Contextual issues and review
Publication of final report and recommendations
Chair: Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick of Heriot-Watt University.
Members of the group are:
- Cllr Elena Whitham, East Ayrshire Council and COSLA
- John Mills, Fife Council and Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers
- Susanne Millar, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership
- Maggie-Ann Brunjes, Homeless Network Scotland
- Callum Chomczuk, Chartered Institute of Housing
- Matthew Downie, Crisis
- Gordon MacRae, Shelter Scotland
- Sally Thomas, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
- Professor Tom Mullen, University of Glasgow
- Ruth Whatling, Scottish Government
- Kathy Cameron, COSLA
We want to make sure we get the input of relevant people from across Scotland.
The views of people with lived experience of homelessness and frontline staff working in homelessness services are particularly important. We have asked Homeless Network Scotland to bring together a group of people with these experiences to make sure that what we recommend is realistic and makes the difference that we want. They will have regular meetings alongside the expert review group, including some shared meetings at key stages of the process.
We are holding a series of consultation events with other professionals and specialists from services and government for each theme to provide expertise and advice to the expert group. Attendance will be targeted to make sure we can have in-depth discussions and due to the short timescales for this piece of work.
If you would like to be involved please contact us.
The Prevention Commission is made up of people with recent and current experience of homelessness, and people with frontline responsibilities in local authorities, housing associations and the third sector.
The Prevention Commission is facilitated by Homeless Network Scotland and connects directly to the work of the Prevention Duty Review Group.
If you would like more information on the Prevention Review Group please do not hesitate to contact us. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0131 209 7700.