Welcome to the NPSS National Conference 2017
Following the success of last year’s event, the third NPSS National Conference is due to take place on 4 and 5 July 2017. As with previous events, the theme of 2017’s conference is designed to support local authorities and their partners to enhance their front line housing services with a clear focus on the benefits of an early intervention and prevention focused approach to housing options.
In September 2016, the National Practitioner Support Service was invited to give evidence to the Select Committee in relation to the Homelessness Reduction Bill. Members were particularly interested to hear from NPSS in relation to the bespoke programme of theoretical and skills based training that the team provides to local authorities in England which has seen over 5000 local authority delegates trained since the commencement of the Gold Standard programme in April 2013. In addition to this, Members recognised the role that NPSS plays in supporting local authority housing options and homelessness departments to implement and enhance prevention focused services for all customer groups.
The implementation of the Homelessness Reduction Bill is a key focus for this year’s conference with a particular emphasis on the proposed legislative changes; developing strong relationships and increasing housing supply. 2017’s conference is an opportunity to share good practice, network with colleagues and hear from a variety of experts in the sector; including local authorities who have achieved the 10 Local Challenges. Keynote sessions, workshops and masterclasses, whilst thought provoking, will be delivered in an environment designed to support delegates to get the most from their conference experience.
The team and I look forward to welcoming you to the University of Warwick in July.
Tracy Hendren, National Practitioner Support Service Lead