Local approaches to youth homelessness prevention

Bob Blackman MP
Tuesday 14th May 2019, 09:30
- 11:30

Homelessness in England is on the rise, and young people are particularly at risk. Official numbers are likely to be the tip of the iceberg, as many young homeless people are ‘hidden’ from official statistics. The Homelessness Reduction Act (HRA) represented a landmark change to the legislation, advancing a much-needed preventative approach to homelessness.  

A year on from the introduction of the HRA, the panel will take stock of what impact the legislation has had and assess how local authorities are responding to youth homelessness. The panel will discuss the findings of an upcoming Reform publication on this issue, and will bring together an audience of frontline practitioners, policymakers from local and central government, parliamentarians and third sector representatives.

The event will consist of a panel discussion with Q&A and bring together 50 attendees.   

Keynote speaker: Bob Blackman MP 


  • Chair: Hannah Gousy, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Crisis 
  • Dr Luke Heselwood, Senior Researcher, Reform 
  • Jill Boak, Young Peoples Pathway Manager, North Yorkshire County Council 
  • Aileen Murphie, Director of MHCLG & Local Government Value for Money, The National Audit Office