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The complaint handling landscape has changed dramatically for social landlords in recent years – and the changes keep on coming. With most landlords reporting increased numbers of complaints, it can be a challenge to meet the Ombudsman’s increased requirements – in its revised Complaint Handling Code – and the raised expectations of residents.

This workshop will explain the current framework and offer practical tips for effective complaint handling, based on the extensive experience of our specialist trainers. It will focus on common problems and how to handle them, such as when to offer compensation and how to deal with unreasonable complainants. It will also look at how to send effective complaint responses and avoid complaints escalating to the Ombudsman.

There will be group discussions and plenty of opportunities for questions and sharing delegates’ own experiences. It will also provide an update on recent and forthcoming developments in the field.

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    The workshop will cover:

    • The complaint handling requirements of the Ombudsman and the Regulator
    • The revised ‘Complaint Handling Code’
    • Effective complaint handling in practice
    • Common problems and how to handle them
    • Effective written responses to complaints
    • Tips for avoiding or dealing with the Ombudsman
    • Learning from complaints
    • Recent and future developments, and useful resources.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is suitable for staff, managers or governance members who want an overview of current complaint-handling requirements and how to deal with complaints in practice. In particular:

    • Staff involved in complaint-handling or providing information to the complaints team
    • Staff responsible for complaints policies and procedures
    • Managers, board members and councillors with a responsibility for or oversight of complaints.
  • Our trainers

    Dave Simmons currently works as a Dispute Resolution Improvement Manager for a large housing association.

    He is an experienced trainer in complaints handling in the housing sector covering a wide range of subject areas. He was formerly Sector Development Lead at the Housing Ombudsman Service where he was responsible for the writing and delivery of training workshops, webinars and forums to difference audiences including residents, landlords and Boards. Dave also led on the project to produce the Ombudsman’s first ‘Complaint Handling Code’ which sets out best practice complaint handling for the sector.

    Outside of his full-time roles, Dave’s training experience extends to his work as an associate for Tpas (tenant engagement experts). He is also an experienced accredited mediator and has mediated on a wide range of disputes including family, community and workplace. As well as his private mediation work, he volunteers for a community mediation charity in Croydon where he is a Board Trustee.

  • Price and booking

    This event is fully booked. Please select an alternative date on the right hand side or contact us [email protected] for further information on the next available dates

    If you experience any issues when submitting your booking, please email [email protected] with the name and date of the session along with the delegate name(s), email address(es) and job title(s) and we’ll process the booking for you.

  • Cancellations and substitutions

    If you are unable to attend an event or public training course, please let us know in writing (email is fine) at least 48 hours before. Please email [email protected] Otherwise, a cancellation fee of £60 plus VAT will be chargeable. If you are using a package place to attend and do not inform us within the agreed time frame, then a place will be taken to cover your non-attendance. Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.


13 August 2024
9:30am - 12:30pm
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1:30pm - 4:30pm
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