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Scotland Prevention Review Group

The Scotland Prevention Review Group will identify legal duties needed for local authorities and other public bodies to prevent homelessness in Scotland. It has been set up by Crisis at the request of the Scottish Government and is chaired by Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick of Heriot-Watt University.

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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.

How will it work?

The Group is meeting between November 2019 and June 2020. Each meeting will have 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?

November 2019   
Overview of work

December 2019   
Housing and homelessness duties for improved prevention

January 2020
Role of health and social care

February 2020   
Offenders and prison leavers

March 2020   
Domestic abuse

April 2020
Children, young people and families

May 2020   
Contextual issues and review

June 2020   
Publication of final report and recommendations

Who is on the expert group?

Chair: Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick of Heriot-Watt University. 

Members of the group are:

  • Matthew Downie, Crisis
  • Gordon MacRae, Shelter Scotland
  • 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
  • Sally Thomas, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Callum Chomczuk, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Maggie-Ann Brunjes, Homeless Network Scotland
  • Professor Tom Mullen, University of Glasgow
  • Ruth Whatling, Scottish Government
  • Kathy Cameron, COSLA

Who else is involved?

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. 

Meeting agendas and minutes

- Prevention Review Group Meeting One Agenda.pdf 

- Prevention Review Group Meeting One Minutes.pdf

Briefing papers and presentations

- Prevention Review Group Overview Briefing.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Meeting One Presentations.pdf

-Stakeholder Questions: Housing and Homelessness Bodies.pdf

Contact us

If you would like more information on the Prevention Review Group please do not hesitate to contact us. Email prg@crisis.org.uk or phone 0131 209 7700.



This week saw the start of an exciting new piece of work to identify how we can improve homelessness prevention in Scotland so that as few people as possible ever become homeless.