Housing Training

What is the LEAP Housing Training?

LEAP's Housing Training (CPD accredited) aims to provide practitioners with up-to-date information on housing issues in Lambeth.

The training aims to provide practitioners with:

  • A better understanding of the application process for social housing in Lambeth.
  • A stronger understanding of the process for supporting families with no recourse to public funds or those affected by domestic violence.
  • Increased awareness of contacts and resources to seek more information around housing and homelessness.
  • Increased awareness of LEAP's Overcrowded Housing service and how to support families in overcrowded housing.

The 90-minute training can be delivered via Microsoft Teams during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

It covers the following topics:

  • No recourse to public funds
  • Domestic violence
  • Temporary accommodation
  • Banding
  • Out of borough
  • Overcrowding
  • Health and safety (e.g. damp/maintenance)
  • Social services and housing
  • Pregnancy and housing.

At the start of the coronavirus lockdown, the service also offered a series of virtual sessions called ‘Meet the Lambeth Housing professionals’. This enabled local practitioners to:

  1. meet managers from the Housing teams;
  2. gain insight into how those teams are structured; and 
  3. understand how they can support families during the Covid-19 crisis and in general. 

A document summarising key messages from these sessions is available upon request from leapohsreferrals@lambeth.gov.uk.

Who is the training for?

This free training is aimed at practitioners who support pregnant mothers and families with young children.

Focus of the training

This training will enable practitioners to give consistent messages and advice to local families regarding housing issues.

Problem being addressed

Living in overcrowded housing can affect the mental well-being and physical health of children and adults. By limiting the space to learn to walk, play and learn, living in overcrowding housing affects children’s development. 

Practically, overcrowded housing impacts on privacy, increases damp and mould and reduces storage space. Families find it difficult to sit down and have dinner together, or to find space to relax or do homework, for example. 

All of this can impact on the emotional wellbeing of both children and parents.

What is the offer to practitioners?

Free housing training (CPD accredited).

Wider LEAP services linked to this area

How do I take part?

This training is offered on arrangement only. 

If you would like us to deliver this training to your team please contact LEAP’s Social & Emotional Development Lead Emily Hamblin on ehamblin@ncb.org.uk or at 07736 292535.

As mentioned above, key messages from the Overcrowded Housing service ‘Meet the Lambeth Housing professionals’ held from April to June 2020 can be shared with practitioners upon request. Please email leapohsreferrals@lambeth.gov.uk.


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