• Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueManchester
    • Start12 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End12 Feb 2019 16:00

    Introduction to social housing

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    Introduction to social housing

    This course aims to give housing staff, board members and involved residents a working knowledge of the context in which they operate and how we have arrived there. It will give delegates insight into the development of social housing as a sector and profession, and highlight current key operational concerns and external influences on service delivery.

    Key elements of the training include:

    • Locating social housing: understanding tenure in the UK
    • Who provides social housing? Who is it for?
    • Changing demographics and new challenges for the sector
    • What is social housing and how did it develop? The Victorian philanthropists and early state intervention
    • From the welfare state to a business focus: the reconfiguration of tenants as customers
    • Housing management under the spotlight: delivering core services in context – key functions, key concerns
    • Understanding service delivery: generic versus specialist working arrangements
    • Social housing: professional concerns
    • Who funds social housing and how are we accountable?

    Who should attend?

    All staff, board members and resident representatives new to the housing sector or wishing to update their knowledge in the rapidly changing housing world.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest has extensive experience as a consultant and trainer in the housing sector. This extends across working with board members, staff and involved residents in many types of housing organisation. His own experience involves most roles in housing.

    After Michael gained an MSc with Merit in June 2017 in Leadership and Management, he was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies with Merit in June 2018. He is well known for his approachable and participative style of training, ensuring that learning is retained and can be applied in practice.

    This course will also be running in London, Bristol and Birmingham.

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    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start12 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End12 Feb 2019 16:00

    S.20 consultation – asset management and leaseholders

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    Asset management and leaseholders

    With reductions in qualification periods, the levels of leasehold accommodation owned and managed by social housing providers is increasing, and will continue to do so.

    The aim of this training is to give officers involved in the repairing, maintaining and improvement of your stock an overview of what’s required to ensure that the delivery of such works is as smooth as possible, and you also recover the full cost of such works from your leaseholders.

    This one-day course will consider:

    • The Right to Buy process and the need to ensure that sale prices include the cost of all works undertaken by you over the last 10, and sometimes 15 years
    • The need to ensure an effective S.125 notice is served within the Right to Buy process, and the implications if the notice is ineffective or lacks relevant information
    • The clauses of the lease in terms of maintaining the stock and the potential issues where the right to improve is not included within the lease
    • The S.20 consultation in detail in respect of major works, long-term contracts and major works within long-term contracts
    • Permission requirements for ‘improvements’ undertaken by leaseholders
    • Responsive repair reporting to include what is your responsibility to undertake as well as the use of building insurance
    • Right of access
    • How to deal with breaches in terms of access and ‘improvements’ without permission.

    The final element of the course will consider potential defenses and counterclaims that leaseholders may have available to them in respect of paying for the work you’ve undertaken, and tips on how to avoid effective challenges within the First-tier Tribunal.

    Who should attend?

    All officers whose responsibility is the development, planning and delivery of planned maintenance and improvement works, or are responsible for the delivery of the responsive repairs contract; procurement officers for long-term contracts and tenders for works; legal officers and leasehold officers.

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

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    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueManchester
    • Start13 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End13 Feb 2019 16:00

    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

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    Project management bootcamp – how to deliver a successful project

    Most organisations run projects – but under 40% of those projects are delivered on time, on budget and achieve their objectives. 

    A project has a much higher chance of success if the strategy is clear and everyone involved knows the principles of running a project. All members of the team need clarity on their roles and what is needed from others to ensure plans are effective. This training will give you the skills to ensure you plan all of this. 

    This one day course will lead you through the essentials of project management, why it is needed and what makes a project run well. The focus will be on techniques and actions needed to deliver high quality projects on time and budget. Delegates will leave the day with a comprehensive overview of project management and practical skills and templates to help your organisation accomplish success. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • Differences between a project and business as usual 
    • Benefits of project management 
    • Project lifecycle and features of a successful project 
    • Roles within a project and characteristics of effective project teams 
    • Producing a project plan 
    • Scheduling and resource management 
    • Monitoring and reporting 
    • Communications 
    • Stakeholder management 
    • Risk and issue management - and what to do if things go wrong 
    • How to successfully conclude a project. 

    Who should attend? 

    Everyone who wants to properly critique the way they are currently running projects and use practical project management tools and techniques that work. The course is suitable for people who are new to project management or those who are working as a part of a project team. The session content can be flexible and structured to consider the needs and experience level of those attending. 

    Our trainer

    Ruth Walker-Cotton is a qualified project manager (APM PMQ) and a member of the Association of Project Management. Ruth has successfully written and implemented strategies and managed major campaigns and projects within the NHS, Housing and charity sectors. Ruth is experienced in people management and loves designing and implementing systems and processes to ensure clarity and efficiency.

    Ruth’s main focus is project management – whether training a project team or guiding them through a project – and she can support businesses to improve their strategic and resource planning, working with them as they go through organisational change. Ruth has successfully improved performance in a variety of sectors, through setting targets in partnership with key stakeholders and achieving them successfully.

    This course will also be running in London and Birmingham.

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    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start13 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End13 Feb 2019 16:00

    Working effectively with hoarders

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    Working effectively with hoarders

    Hoarding is a very complex condition and can have a massive impact on the tenant, the property, the landlord as well as neighbours. Sometimes it’s a mental illness, sometimes a type of neglect. It can be caused by various other complex factors. Understanding hoarding and the tools available is a must. 

    Hoarding is not against the law but the damage it can cause often breaches tenancy agreements, Public Health legislation and could even be a safeguarding issue. Hoarders need to be identified as quickly as possible and support offered – or in extreme cases enforcement action taken. There are many types of support – de-cluttering and therapy, behavioural contracts, SMART monitoring. Hoarders must be properly assessed using appropriate and accredited tools.

    This course will explore all the recognised options that are available to staff working with hoarders as well as help organisations to create policy procedures and protocols. It will look at the role of housing professionals as well as how health or social care specialists can assist.

    You will learn:

    • About hoarding disorder and its possible causes
    • About OCD, including causes, prevalence, symptoms and links to hoarding
    • And be given the tools to help identify and work with hoarders
    • To understand and be able to categorise different types of hoarders using a validated screening tool
    • To understand how to work effectively and creatively with hoarders using proven methods and recognised techniques
    • About enforcement techniques for hoarders
    • About different support and specialist treatment options for hoarders.

    Who should attend?

    All housing, care and support staff as well as repairs and frontline staff who have direct contact with customers will benefit from this course as hoarding is so prevalent and has such an impact on customers and services alike.

    Our trainer

    Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis and is a qualified CBT therapist and Life Coach. He has been delivering training for the housing sector for over a decade and has many years’ experience of developing client/customer involvement and peer mentoring schemes.

    Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

    This course will also be running in Manchester and Birmingham.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start14 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End14 Feb 2019 16:00

    Gone but not forgotten – managing former tenant debt

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    Gone but not forgotten – managing former tenant debt

    Efficient collection and recovery of former tenant arrears (FTA) must be a key part of any successful income management strategy.

    The practical course is fully updated with the latest tips and ideas that will help you to:

    • Minimise debt and maximise FTA collection
    • Develop a proactive service that delivers value for money
    • Boost individual and team effectiveness and performance
    • Measure success and plan for the future.

    What will you learn?

    Tony Newman, RIEN lead, will provide you with a toolkit of resources and best practice examples.

    He’ll take you through the FTA process ensuring you …

    • Understand the causes of FTA and the impact on the business and customers
    • Know how to prevent and minimise FTA
    • Drive collection rates up through dynamic case management, using the latest technology and techniques from the commercial sector
    • Use low-cost tracing facilities
    • Learn the secrets of working with debt collection and tracing agents
    • Work effectively with the Courts as part of the FTA recovery process
    • Measure success and building upon it.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone involved in the prevention and collection of former tenant rent arrears, those advising residents on money management and benefit: income and rent arrears officers, housing officers, contact centre staff, estate and neighbourhood management staff, support workers, welfare benefit and debt advisers, and financial inclusion officers.

    Our trainer

    Tony Newman is lead associate for HQN’s Rent Income Excellence Network, with extensive experience in industry, local government and social housing.

    Having helped many organisations to achieve significant improvements in collection performance and customer focus, Tony brings an unrivalled, clear understanding of best practice in housing income management.

    Tony developed HQN’s income management and former tenant arrears toolkits and accreditation service.

    He is a member of the Chartered Institutes of Housing and Credit Management, regional representative for the Financial Health Exchange and a module leader and lecturer at the University of Salford.

    This course will also be running in LiverpoolBirmingham and Bristol.

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    Price per delegate
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  1. Anti-social behaviour (ASB) and how to tackle it – a masterclass

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    Anti-social behaviour and how to tackle it

    ASB is a serious issue for landlords and has been legislated for innumerable times over the past few years. The introduction of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 is a shift change from previous approaches in that it is now clearly victim led.

    In order to deal with ASB in your community you will need a good understanding of the measures available.

    This Act focuses more than ever on joint agency working and this course will take you through each of the remedies relevant to social housing providers as well as identify what actions can and/or are required from partner agencies.

    This course will provide a good foundation to deal effectively and appropriately with ASB in the community.

    Sessions will cover:

    • The legal tools available
    • Legal framework
    • The Civil Injunction to prevent ASB
    • Breach of the remedies
    • Closure Orders
    • Voluntary remedies
    • Possession Grounds (absolute and discretionary)
    • Community trigger.

    What will delegates learn?

    • How and when to use the new tools
    • The importance of joint working
    • An understanding of ASB
    • Choosing the right remedy
    • Civil or criminal action?

    Who should attend?

    This course is suitable for housing practitioners and their managers who are involved in resolving ASB issues within their community.

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

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    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start19 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End19 Feb 2019 16:00

    Investigative interviewing masterclass

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    Investigative interviewing masterclass

    Many housing professionals are expected to be able to conduct investigative interviews, whether that’s dealing with complex cases of anti-social behaviour with multiple, conflicting accounts and counter-allegations, or issues of succession rights, sub-letting or abandonment. 

    Carrying out these interviews can be challenging, and risks a confrontational encounter that achieves little. This training will help staff to conduct highly successful and professional interviews that maintain a strong relationship with the interviewee (whether a witness or alleged perpetrator) and obtain a detailed and evidentially useful account of the facts. 

    Based on current UK police training, this course will enable housing staff to develop and use ethical and successful investigative interviewing skills for the benefit of their organisation and its customers. 

    This course will cover: 

    • Interview structure 
    • Interview psychology 
    • Managing relationships during the interview 
    • Triggering spontaneous disclosure 
    • Highly effective questions. 

    Who should attend? 

    All frontline staff who are expected to carry out investigative interviews, particularly those dealing with anti-social behaviour investigations. 

    Our trainer

    After ten years’ experience as a police officer, Chris Knight has spent over 20 years working in social housing in a variety of senior roles in local authorities and housing associations, and most recently as a consultant specialising in performance improvement. He uses his experience to create an enjoyable, entertaining and positive learning environment.

    This course will also be running in London.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  2. Introduction to leases and recovery of service charges

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    Introduction to leases and recovery of service charges

    Leasehold management can be complex and brings challenges that are not often encountered in more mainstream social housing provision. Delegates will learn the skills needed when dealing with a wide range of leasehold properties and understanding the challenges that they bring. 

    This course will cover: 

    • Core terms in a lease 
    • Variable service charges statutory control 
    • The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 
    • Service charge enforcement options 
    • Section 20 consultation 
    • The role of the First Tier Tribunal (Property Chamber). 

    What will you learn? 

    • Governing legislation and regulation 
    • Dealing with service charge challenges 
    • Service charge recovery methods 
    • Effectively managing leasehold services 
    • Importance of lease terms 
    • The impact of recent case law. 

    Who should attend? 

    All staff who are involved in dealing with leasehold schemes, policy and procedure and recovering service charges, including housing officers, housing managers, leasehold managers, heads of housing, and property services. 

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running in London.

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    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

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  3. Preventing housing disrepair claims

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    Preventing housing disrepair claims

    Do you want to increase customer satisfaction and reduce disrepair claims? 

    This course will de-mystify the legal haze of statutory obligations placed on landlords to repair properties, and the consequences of ignoring them. It will also examine the implications that tenancy agreements and handbooks have for disrepair claims and the difference between an ‘improvement’ and ‘disrepair’, which can often be crucial in disrepair claims. 

    This course will cover: 

    • The Landlord and Tenant Act section 11 
    • The impact of tenancy terms 
    • Disrepair vs improvements 
    • The risk of ignoring complaints 
    • Disrepair pre-action protocol 
    • Relevant case law 
    • Overview of other statutory obligations. 

    You will learn: 

    • The landlord’s legal responsibilities 
    • How tenancy contracts enhance repair obligations 
    • Minimising the risk of a claim 
    • Potential defences 
    • Case management 
    • Notification of a repair. 

    Who should attend? 

    All staff who are involved in dealing with asset management or who manage those that are, including heads of service, asset managers, tenancy management officers, repairs managers, repairs officers, and team leaders. 

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant trained as a barrister and specialises in social housing law. After ten years in the legal profession, she spent a further ten working within local government, predominantly in the areas of homelessness, housing advice and allocations and lettings, as both a practitioner and consultant. She has been the Homelessness Review Officer for City of York Council for nearly ten years and undertakes the s202 reviews for all but one of the other North Yorkshire authorities. 

    This course will also be running in London.

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    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    Venue map and directions: 

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    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueManchester
    • Start26 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End26 Feb 2019 16:00

    Effective meetings – chairing and minute taking

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    Effective meetings – chairing and minute taking

    Meetings are a vital part of everyday business. Successful meetings provide an essential forum for planning, debate, sharing information and decision-making. A carefully prepared, well managed and well recorded meeting can save valuable time and enable a business to meet its objectives. The chair and minute-taker play key roles in this. 

    This bespoke workshop covers the essentials of chairing a meeting effectively and efficiently, building rapport with attendees and teaching you how to take concise, accurate minutes. The materials will be tailored the client’s standard templates.  It provides guidance as well as an opportunity to practice skills.

    It will help you to:

    • Prepare for your role as Chair and minute taker
    • Take accurate notes of key points and actions
    • Practice skills to record information based on your organisation’s templates
    • Explain your organisation’s requirements for record keeping to comply with scrutiny and audit.

    Who should attend?

    An essential workshop for everyone responsible for chairing a meeting in the workplace or taking minutes at meetings. Ideal as a refresher or for new staff.

    Our trainer

    Tahira Hussain has extensive experience working in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She had a 16-year career in social work, mental health, community development, charity and the housing sector.

    Tahira has a successful track record in consultancy, training and project management. As an experienced project manager Tahira has delivered a range of projects, these include equality and diversity, domestic abuse awareness and inclusion strategies. Tahira has worked across a range of customer groups, including young people foyers, care homes, sheltered schemes and refuges in a contractual and consultancy capacity delivering therapy support, engaging with service users and training staff.  Tahira delivers one to one and group coaching to young people and families to develop confidence, increase self-esteem, develop goals and manage wellbeing.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBristol
    • Start26 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End26 Feb 2019 16:00

    Introduction to social housing

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    Introduction to social housing

    This course aims to give housing staff, board members and involved residents a working knowledge of the context in which they operate and how we have arrived there. It will give delegates insight into the development of social housing as a sector and profession, and highlight current key operational concerns and external influences on service delivery.

    Key elements of the training include:

    • Locating social housing: understanding tenure in the UK
    • Who provides social housing? Who is it for?
    • Changing demographics and new challenges for the sector
    • What is social housing and how did it develop? The Victorian philanthropists and early state intervention
    • From the welfare state to a business focus: the reconfiguration of tenants as customers
    • Housing management under the spotlight: delivering core services in context – key functions, key concerns
    • Understanding service delivery: generic versus specialist working arrangements
    • Social housing: professional concerns
    • Who funds social housing and how are we accountable?

    Who should attend?

    All staff, board members and resident representatives new to the housing sector or wishing to update their knowledge in the rapidly changing housing world.

    Our trainer

    Michael Guest has extensive experience as a consultant and trainer in the housing sector. This extends across working with board members, staff and involved residents in many types of housing organisation. His own experience involves most roles in housing.

    After Michael gained an MSc with Merit in June 2017 in Leadership and Management, he was awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies with Merit in June 2018. He is well known for his approachable and participative style of training, ensuring that learning is retained and can be applied in practice.

    This course will also be running in London, Manchester and Birmingham.

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    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  4. Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

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    Unlocking construction

    This is a highly interactive, one-day course for all non-technical staff who would like to improve their knowledge and raise their confidence when dealing with contractors, technical staff and customers regarding construction and maintenance issues. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • How basic construction works 
    • How to diagnose basic construction problems 
    • How to recognise potential maintenance problems 
    • How to recognise issues relating to health and safety in construction 
    • How to communicate more effectively regarding technical issues 
    • How to handle repair requests more efficiently 
    • How to discuss technical issues more effectively and gain confidence 
    • How to speak knowledgeably regarding construction and maintenance 
    • How to get it right first time, saving money and resources. 

    This course will cover: 

    The training is delivered through a series of interactive sessions and covers all major trades: 

    • Joinery/carpentry 
    • Electrical 
    • Plumbing 
    • Brickwork 
    • Roofs 
    • Environmental works. 

    Specific to each trade, delegates will be able to: 

    • Ask the right questions to make a valid assessment regarding construction/maintenance issues 
    • Identify the various types of repairs applicable to each trade 
    • Diagnose potential problems on estate visits with greater accuracy 
    • Give the right advice 
    • Identify and assess the potential risks regarding health and safety 
    • Understand the basics, including materials and techniques used 
    • Speak with knowledge and confidence. 

    Who should attend? 

    • Contact centre operatives 
    • Housing management staff and caretakers 
    • Staff who undertake estate visits 
    • Sheltered housing staff 
    • Repairs centre managers 
    • Customer inspectors 
    • Everyone from a non-technical background who wishes to increase their knowledge of construction. 

    Our trainer

    Nancy Witham has more than 30 years experience within the Social Housing Sector. She delivers innovative, engaging interactive training to operational staff in Repairs & Maintenance, Neighbourhood, Customer Service and Business IT systems. Nancy’s style of training makes learning enjoyable and relevant and her training programmes receive consistently excellent feedback.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "One of the best courses I have ever attended" – Warwick District Council
    • "Excellent course. Would highly recommend. Trainer excellent" – Aster Group
    • "Enjoyed the day. Found it useful" – Bracknell Forest Borough Council 
    • "Really great course. Exactly what I wanted" – Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association 

    This course will also be running in YorkBirmingham, London and Cardiff.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    Venue map and directions: 

    Click here to download directions to the venue

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start28 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End28 Feb 2019 16:00

    Gone but not forgotten – managing former tenant debt

    Details

    Gone but not forgotten – managing former tenant debt

    Efficient collection and recovery of former tenant arrears (FTA) must be a key part of any successful income management strategy.

    The practical course is fully updated with the latest tips and ideas that will help you to:

    • Minimise debt and maximise FTA collection
    • Develop a proactive service that delivers value for money
    • Boost individual and team effectiveness and performance
    • Measure success and plan for the future.

    What will you learn?

    Tony Newman, RIEN lead, will provide you with a toolkit of resources and best practice examples.

    He’ll take you through the FTA process ensuring you …

    • Understand the causes of FTA and the impact on the business and customers
    • Know how to prevent and minimise FTA
    • Drive collection rates up through dynamic case management, using the latest technology and techniques from the commercial sector
    • Use low-cost tracing facilities
    • Learn the secrets of working with debt collection and tracing agents
    • Work effectively with the Courts as part of the FTA recovery process
    • Measure success and building upon it.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone involved in the prevention and collection of former tenant rent arrears, those advising residents on money management and benefit: income and rent arrears officers, housing officers, contact centre staff, estate and neighbourhood management staff, support workers, welfare benefit and debt advisers, and financial inclusion officers.

    Our trainer

    Tony Newman is lead associate for HQN’s Rent Income Excellence Network, with extensive experience in industry, local government and social housing.

    Having helped many organisations to achieve significant improvements in collection performance and customer focus, Tony brings an unrivalled, clear understanding of best practice in housing income management.

    Tony developed HQN’s income management and former tenant arrears toolkits and accreditation service.

    He is a member of the Chartered Institutes of Housing and Credit Management, regional representative for the Financial Health Exchange and a module leader and lecturer at the University of Salford.

    This course will also be running in LiverpoolLondon and Bristol.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start28 Feb 2019 10:00
    • End28 Feb 2019 16:00

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Details

    Right to Buy and Right to Acquire

    Landlords are required to process Right to Buy applications correctly and within set time limits. There may be penalties to pay if is this isn’t done. This practical course will take you through the process including all the common pitfalls – from initial enquiry to final completion. Get up to speed with the latest best practice. 

    This course will cover: 

    • Elibility of tenant – the criteria 
    • Eligibility of the property 
    • Tenancy checks for fraud 
    • Money laundering 
    • The process including timescales
      • Structural surveys 
      • Instructing valuers 
      • Cost floor calculation 
      • Calculating the service charge for flats or houses 
      • The importance of the lease plan/boundaries 
      • The offer -S125 Notice 
      • Dealing with disputes of valuation 
      • Drafting the lease/freehold transfer 
      • Instructing solicitors 
    • Penalties for delays 
    • Process on completion – updating database 
    • Post sale administration – on re-sale/ assignment 
    • Role of the Right to Buy agency. 

    What you will learn? 

    The course will cover everything you need to know to effectively take an application through from enquiry to completion: 

    • Governing rules, requirements and legislation 
    • Effectively managing the process 
    • Impact of case law 
    • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them 
    • Dealing with challenges and complaints 
    • Latest best practice. 

    Who should attend? 

    All staff involved in and with responsibility for the RTB and RTA processes. Ideal for staff new to their roles as well as a refresher. Suitable for both housing association and local authority staff.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start05 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End05 Mar 2019 16:00

    Fire safety for managers working in social housing – 1 day course

    Details

    Fire safety for managers

    This full day course is specifically for managers working in the social housing sector.

    It includes:

    • Employers’ responsibilities and an overview of Legislation – RRFSO
    • The history of fires, how fires occur and some typical housing related examples
    • Identifying fire related hazards and assessing the risks
    • Typical fire safety measures and what you need to know
    • Creating a fire safety culture and ensuring you and your team understand their responsibilities.

    This is essential training for all managers responsible for front line operations.

    Our trainer

    Bob Evans has over 30 years’ experience in the Fire Service and almost 20 years as a fire safety consultant.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  5. Now, that’s what I call income management!… Income management masterclass 2019

    Details

    Now, that's what I call income management

    A quality mix 

    For decades, the Now Music compilations have kept pop fans up-to-date with the latest hits. It’s time to do the same for income management – the latest proven, practical ideas, examples and great tools. 

    Topping the charts 

    The three key questions that keep coming up… 

    • What are the features of a top-quality income service? 
    • Who is performing well through the migration to Universal Credit? 
    • How are they achieving this? 

    Now 2019 answers these questions with a wealth of practical ideas and resources. 

    All the latest hits 

    • Ten features of a highly effective income management service 
    • Ten actions you MUST take for a successful migration to UC 
    • Planning for success – modelling the impact of welfare reform and using demand analyses to optimise services and resources 
    • Maximising collection, minimising risk and sustaining tenancies through proactive arrears prevention and recovery 
    • Measuring effectiveness, managing performance and delivering value for money. 

    Who should attend? 

    Everyone involved in income management, arrears recovery and tenancy sustainment at strategic and operational levels. 

    As we’re looking at the whole tenancy lifecycle, staff in allocations and lettings, supported housing and neighbourhood or generic housing roles. 

    We particularly welcome residents involved in scrutiny and service improvement. 

    Designed and led by RIEN Lead, Tony Newman, these masterclasses mix expert training and consultancy in a conference setting. 

    This course will also be running in London and Birmingham.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    Venue map and directions: 

    Click here to download directions to the venue  

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start06 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End06 Mar 2019 16:00

    Managing for the first time – navigating the first six months

    Details

    Managing for the first time

    Your first management role is highly likely to be a major shift in responsibility. You have an opportunity to set the tone for your new team, set out your intentions as a manager and show how you will be successful. You may also be daunted and overwhelmed by the range of tasks you have to quickly become familiar with, and the breadth of what’s expected of you as a manager of people. If you have been internally promoted, there will potentially be another set of challenges to face and overcome. 

    Spending time on your professional development as a manager at the beginning of your management career will pay huge dividends, and this participative and thought provoking workshop will explore themes on becoming a manager, and help guide you to develop lasting strategies for success.  

    By attending this course, you will: 

    • Be able to develop a roadmap to help you focus on how to be successful in your new role
    • Work out what your opportunities and challenges are as a new manager
    • Understand what your leadership style is, and explore the concept of situational leadership 
    • Understand the importance of developing your team 
    • Develop the skills, knowledge and abilities to be a successful manager.

    Course outline

    • Key management and leadership skills, which ones to develop and learn
    • Characteristics of highly performing teams – how to create yours 
    • Problem solving and decision making, tools and concepts 
    • How to plan and allocate work 
    • Action planning for continuing professional development in management skills. 

    Who should attend?

    This course is ideal for newly-appointed or soon-to-be-appointed team leaders and managers. 

    Our trainer

    Jo Carr is a trainer, coach and development consultant with a 25 year career in leadership, management and staff development. Jo currently works with clients in the private and public sectors and has experience in social housing as both a senior leader and project manager. Jo’s specialism is behavioural change utilising a creative and adaptive approach. She uses her skills as an ILM coach and lifelong learning specialist to create and deliver stimulating and effective learning products.

    This course will also be running in London and Manchester.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueManchester
    • Start06 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End06 Mar 2019 16:00

    Working effectively with hoarders

    Details

    Working effectively with hoarders

    Hoarding is a very complex condition and can have a massive impact on the tenant, the property, the landlord as well as neighbours. Sometimes it’s a mental illness, sometimes a type of neglect. It can be caused by various other complex factors. Understanding hoarding and the tools available is a must. 

    Hoarding is not against the law but the damage it can cause often breaches tenancy agreements, Public Health legislation and could even be a safeguarding issue. Hoarders need to be identified as quickly as possible and support offered – or in extreme cases enforcement action taken. There are many types of support – de-cluttering and therapy, behavioural contracts, SMART monitoring. Hoarders must be properly assessed using appropriate and accredited tools.

    This course will explore all the recognised options that are available to staff working with hoarders as well as help organisations to create policy procedures and protocols. It will look at the role of housing professionals as well as how health or social care specialists can assist.

    You will learn:

    • About hoarding disorder and its possible causes
    • About OCD, including causes, prevalence, symptoms and links to hoarding
    • And be given the tools to help identify and work with hoarders
    • To understand and be able to categorise different types of hoarders using a validated screening tool
    • To understand how to work effectively and creatively with hoarders using proven methods and recognised techniques
    • About enforcement techniques for hoarders
    • About different support and specialist treatment options for hoarders.

    Who should attend?

    All housing, care and support staff as well as repairs and frontline staff who have direct contact with customers will benefit from this course as hoarding is so prevalent and has such an impact on customers and services alike.

    Our trainer

    Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis and is a qualified CBT therapist and Life Coach. He has been delivering training for the housing sector for over a decade and has many years’ experience of developing client/customer involvement and peer mentoring schemes.

    Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

    This course will also be running in London and Birmingham.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBristol
    • Start07 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End07 Mar 2019 16:00

    Gone but not forgotten – managing former tenant debt

    Details

    Gone but not forgotten – managing former tenant debt

    Efficient collection and recovery of former tenant arrears (FTA) must be a key part of any successful income management strategy.

    The practical course is fully updated with the latest tips and ideas that will help you to:

    • Minimise debt and maximise FTA collection
    • Develop a proactive service that delivers value for money
    • Boost individual and team effectiveness and performance
    • Measure success and plan for the future.

    What will you learn?

    Tony Newman, RIEN lead, will provide you with a toolkit of resources and best practice examples.

    He’ll take you through the FTA process ensuring you …

    • Understand the causes of FTA and the impact on the business and customers
    • Know how to prevent and minimise FTA
    • Drive collection rates up through dynamic case management, using the latest technology and techniques from the commercial sector
    • Use low-cost tracing facilities
    • Learn the secrets of working with debt collection and tracing agents
    • Work effectively with the Courts as part of the FTA recovery process
    • Measure success and building upon it.

    Who should attend?

    Everyone involved in the prevention and collection of former tenant rent arrears, those advising residents on money management and benefit: income and rent arrears officers, housing officers, contact centre staff, estate and neighbourhood management staff, support workers, welfare benefit and debt advisers, and financial inclusion officers.

    Our trainer

    Tony Newman is lead associate for HQN’s Rent Income Excellence Network, with extensive experience in industry, local government and social housing.

    Having helped many organisations to achieve significant improvements in collection performance and customer focus, Tony brings an unrivalled, clear understanding of best practice in housing income management.

    Tony developed HQN’s income management and former tenant arrears toolkits and accreditation service.

    He is a member of the Chartered Institutes of Housing and Credit Management, regional representative for the Financial Health Exchange and a module leader and lecturer at the University of Salford.

    This course will also be running in LiverpoolLondon and Birmingham.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start12 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End12 Mar 2019 16:00

    Property and site inspection for non-technical staff

    Details

    Property and site inspection for non-technical staff

    Non-technical staff are increasingly being asked to undertake inspections of void and tenanted properties. This course will provide guidance on how to do them effectively, with a focus on the customer perspective.

    Delegates will also learn how to conduct estate/area walkabout inspections in a knowledgeable and effective manner, with an emphasis on issues such as protecting the housing stock, identifying areas for future investment, health and safety, and compliance with legislative requirements.

    What the course covers:

    The morning session covers void management and is designed to help non-technical staff better understand and carry out pre- and post-inspections of both void and tenanted properties.

    The afternoon session uses a wide range of learning techniques to help non-technical staff understand how to correctly identify and diagnose issues and potential problems when carrying out estate/area inspections.

    Delegates will learn how to:

    • Prepare for a property inspection
    • Identify health and safety risks/issues
    • Effectively document ?ndings using standardised forms
    • Diagnose defects, problems and potential problems
    • Work with service users to drive up void standards
    • Develop and apply re-let standards
    • Monitor effectively
    • Tackle an estate/area walk-about inspection
    • Recognise minor and potentially serious problems.

    Who should attend?

    All non-technical staff who have a responsibility to manage and inspect estates, areas and properties, and everyone who wishes to improve their understanding of void and estate management.

    Our trainer

    Wayne Anderson is an expert lecturer, national conference speaker, chartered surveyor, arbitrator and consultant. His training sessions are lively, colourful and interactive and are based on extensive experience gained over 25 years with best practice organisations involved in the housing repairs and maintenance sector. Wayne has a reputation for simplifying complex issues and encouraging frontline staff to develop a deeper understanding of maintenance issues that can be applied confidently on a day-to-day basis.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start13 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End13 Mar 2019 16:00

    Dealing with mental health issues, substance abuse, suicidal and challenging behaviour – face to face and over the phone

    Details

    Dealing with mental health issues

    Staff often deal with difficult/challenging individuals or situations. Those working face to face or over the phone often bear the brunt of problems, frustrations and aggression and deal with matters that traditionally weren’t part of a housing provider’s duties.

    Customers may suffer from conditions, including substance abuse, mental health issues, suicidal self-harming or challenging behaviour.

    Knowing how to deal with the initial contact, face to face or by telephone, staying safe and being able to signpost accordingly are critical.

    What the course will cover:

    • Mental health and substance misuse and their relationship to challenging, abusive or threatening behaviours
    • Other behaviours or conditions that may cause a person to exhibit challenging or abusive behaviour (learning disabilities, dementia, Diogenes syndrome, etc)
    • Signs to look out for and diffusion techniques
    • An overview of common substances, mental health issues, the signs and indicators
    • Techniques for dealing with challenging telephone calls
    • An overview of the PAC model and it’s application
    • Techniques for dealing with difficult face-to-face situations
    • Safe boundaries
    • Common risk situations.

    Who should attend?

    All staff who work with customers on a one-to-one basis, face to face or over the phone.

    Our trainer

    Danny McGowan BSC, MSC has been involved in supporting people with substance misuse, mental health and other complex needs for over 20 years. He has developed experience in many specialist areas, such as working with hoarders and those with a dual diagnosis and has delivered training in techniques such as motivational interviewing and CBT. He has been delivering training for the housing sector for over a decade and has many years’ experience of developing client/customer involvement and peer mentoring schemes.

    Danny uses a combination of his years of experience, current good practice guidelines and research evidence to deliver the topics he trains. He uses a holistic interactive training style that provides delegates with real skills and information, which they are then able to apply back in the workplace and beyond. He has delivered training and provided consultancy to numerous organisations during his career. Notable clients include the Department of Health, Department of Work and Pensions and the Home Office as well as housing organisations across the UK.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start13 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End13 Mar 2019 16:00

    Setting service charges and maximising income – a practical workshop

    Details

    Setting service charges and maximising income

    Whilst rent arrears are always hitting the press, many organisations spend hundreds of thousands of pounds on providing services. But few recover the full costs from their tenants and leaseholders. Councils are raiding the HRA to balance the general fund.  Lets stop this by getting on top of your service charge setting and collection!

    This practical workshop will assist you in maximising your income: we will provide working examples of how to calculate the real cost of providing services, how to identify where full recovery is not being made and how to bridge the gap. For developing organisations, we will highlight the critical path to ensuring full recovery of costs, including an exercise in how to calculate service charges when developing new schemes for rent and sale, to ensure that you have considered everything.

    You will understand:

    • The relationship between revenue, capital/revenue expenditure and value for money and why recovery of costs is critical to a successful business
    • What remedies are in place to assist in maximising recovery
    • What can and cannot be charged for in a service charge
    • Why getting the terms of the lease and tenancy agreement right plays a big part in full recovery of costs
    • Why the development, technical and management teams need to work closely together in the early stages of a new development to ensure full recovery
    • Why policy decisions will have an impact on maximising recovery
    • How the use of IT can assist in efficient recovery
    • The relevant legislation you should be aware of that governs service charge accountability and your ability to charge.

    Who should attend?

    Housing Directors and Managers, Finance Managers, Service Charge Managers, Home Ownership Managers, Asset Managers, officers dealing with RTB, RTA and new developments, housing and repairs officers.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running in London.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start14 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End14 Mar 2019 16:00

    Excellence in procurement and contract management

    Details

    Excellence in procurement and contract management

    Achieve excellence through your contracts and achieve value for money. 

    These are economically challenging times. We’re all busy reducing costs so it’s easy to lose sight of quality. But getting this balance right is crucial – repairs and estate services are the most frequently complained about services. Poor procurement and contract management is often at the root – organisations struggle with managing contracts and contractors effectively. 

    Intermediate level course: 

    Designed to help staff improve and develop effective procurement and contract management skills. It covers the principles, the process, the detail and the practicalities, and applies them all to effective procurement and contract management. 

    It is applicable to reactive repairs, planned and investment works as well as estate services, grounds maintenance and caretaking – whether your services are delivered by in-house teams or external contractors. 

    You’ll hear about all the problems and common pitfalls and the solutions: 

    • Internal and external rules around procurement 
    • How to establish an effective contract management system 
    • Performance management and use of KPIs 
    • What to do when things do wrong 
    • Negotiating and achieving improvement from contractors 
    • Achieving value for money 
    • The role of residents in procurement and monitoring 
    • Practical sessions and workshops based on real scenarios 
    • Procurement and social value. 

    Who should attend? 

    Everyone up to middle managers with responsibility for maintenance and estate services, including staff teams, team leaders and managers from housing management, maintenance, estate services, operations, procurement, service and policy monitoring, community development and anti-social behaviour. 

    Our trainer

    Kevin Bentley is an expert on procurement and contract management. Kevin will share his wealth of practical experience of the process as well as ways of improving performance and productivity, driving down costs and raising satisfaction. He will approach the subject from a practical operational perspective, and will also cover procurement, value for money and the role of residents.

    This course will also be running in Birmingham.

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    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start19 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End19 Mar 2019 16:00

    Managing conflict, confrontation and challenging behaviour

    Details

    Managing conflict, confrontation and challenging behaviour

    ‘Confrontation’, ‘conflict’, ‘challenging behaviour’ – terms that stop people managers in their tracks because they are uncomfortable, destructive and stressful. This interactive workshop is focused on the skills to help managers feel and be more confident in tackling uncomfortable situations, view conflict as less of a threat and accept that at times, inevitably, human interactions go wrong.

    This interactive session will provide a safe and constructive environment for discussions around how hard it is to manage difficult behaviour and conflict, and look at how practically applied tools and knowledge can improve situations significantly.

    By attending this course, you will:

    • Delve into what conflict and confrontation are really about
    • Understand that you can influence others and their behaviour
    • Learn about Covey’s Circles of Control, and how to use this model
    • Learn about Transactional Analysis and how to apply this in your interactions
    • Explore how feedback is a valuable tool for managing expectations and behaviour
    • Understand how to diffuse conflict, fairly and constructively – using de-escalation
    • Appreciate your strengths, and how you impact positively or negatively on others.

    Course outline

    • Your profile, understanding your own reponses and building your resilience
    • Conflict and confrontation – what’s behind it? How to recognise warning signs
    • Practical application of theory: tools that work and improve your ability to deal with challenging behaviour
    • Responding with confidence as a manager, what works and what doesn’t
    • Emotional intelligence – your secret weapon
    • Action planning for your development. 

    Who should attend?

    Everyone who manages people.

    Our trainer

    Jo Carr is a trainer, coach and development consultant with a 25 year career in leadership, management and staff development. Jo currently works with clients in the private and public sectors and has experience in social housing as both a senior leader and project manager. Jo’s specialism is behavioural change utilising a creative and adaptive approach. She uses her skills as an ILM coach and lifelong learning specialist to create and deliver stimulating and effective learning products.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start19 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End19 Mar 2019 16:00

    Shared ownership

    Details

    Shared ownership

    There are more than 200,000 shared ownership properties in the UK. And the number is growing: the Housing Revenue borrowing cap has been lifted for local authorities; opportunities for development are now a real possibility, and that is likely to include shared ownership and more and more housing associations are entering the shared ownership market too.

    Various schemes operate around the country, with a mixed reputation and differing levels of success. Make sure you’re fully up to speed with the latest best practice. This practical course will cover everything you need to know from getting a scheme off the ground, marketing and selling properties effectively and day to day management.

    Ideal for everyone involved in shared ownership – both as a refresher and for anyone new to this tenure.

    Learn the lessons from the past and keep abreast with all the changes.

    The course will cover

    • The expectations of Homes England (the Government’s funding authority) in developing and selling shared ownership properties
    • How best to work with Homebuy agents
    • Good practice and requirements – marketing and selling shared ownership properties
    • How shared ownership leases differ from other leases in management – specifically rent review, assignment, staircasing, income recovery, re-mortgages.

    Who should attend

    Everyone working in shared ownership from development, sales and marketing, management and maintenance. Ideal as a refresher and those new to shared ownership, for housing association and local authority staff.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueLondon
    • Start20 Mar 2019 09:00
    • End20 Mar 2019 16:00

    Asbestos training

    Details

    Asbestos training

    Specifically designed for the social housing sector incorporating asbestos awareness with duty to manage.

    The one day course provides delegates with an understanding of asbestos awareness and the legislative requirements of asbestos management. 

    This one day training session has been tailored to combine the asbestos awareness course but also acknowledge the differences that surround asbestos management within the social housing sector and what has to be done to comply with Regulation 4 of the Control of Asbestos Regulations (CAR) 2012 as well as other legislation that exists once we enter individual dwellings. 

    On successful completion, delegates should: 

    • Be familiar with types, uses, risks and likely occurrences of asbestos in buildings 
    • Be familiar with the requirements as set out in CAR 2012 with regard to responsibilities 
    • Understand the requirements for asbestos surveys and different types of surveys 
    • Be familiar with the results of an asbestos survey, how to decipher the information contained within the asbestos survey report 
    • Understand the need for (and how to create) an asbestos management plan and its use 
    • Understand the difference between licensed and non-licensed work with asbestos 
    • Understand the types and uses of air monitoring and the role of the analytical companies. 

    Who should attend? 

    This course is for everyone with ‘duty to manage’ responsibilities for asbestos and responsibility for protecting the people who work in such premises. Whether you’re an asset director, manager or team leader, planned and responsive maintenance manager, voids manager, health and safety officer or adviser, surveyor, or you work in aids and adaptations, this is an essential training course for you. 

    Our trainer

    Matt Dawes has been involved with asbestos compliance for the past 15 years. He holds various proficiency modules relating to asbestos and is a Certified competent person for asbestos.

    In addition to his involvement with asbestos consultancy, Matt operated as asset systems surveyor for a Social Housing Provider 2006-2009 where one of the core responsibilities was asbestos management.

    This course will also be running in Manchester.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start20 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End20 Mar 2019 16:00

    Possession proceedings in the County Court

    Details

    Possession proceedings in the County Court

    Possession proceedings are a serious matter, undertaken by landlords as a last resort. This course is designed for staff taking possession action and will cover notices for possession, grounds for possession, the court powers on considering possession action, warrants of possession and dealing with applications to suspend a warrant. 

    This course will cover: 

    • The relevant legal framework 
    • Main grounds for possession 
    • Possession proceedings against tenants 
    • Correct notices 
    • Civil procedure rules 
    • Human Rights and Equality Act considerations 
    • Court paperwork. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • Evidence gathering 
    • Recent case law 
    • Service of notices 
    • Court powers 
    • The principles the Court will consider in cases of mandatory possession 
    • Eviction 
    • How to deal with applications to suspend warrant of possession. 

    Who should attend? 

    New staff who are involved in taking possession action against tenants and those wanting a refresher. 

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

    This course will also be running in Manchester and London.

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    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate. 

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueManchester
    • Start21 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End21 Mar 2019 16:00

    Shared ownership

    Details

    Shared ownership

    There are more than 200,000 shared ownership properties in the UK. And the number is growing: the Housing Revenue borrowing cap has been lifted for local authorities; opportunities for development are now a real possibility, and that is likely to include shared ownership and more and more housing associations are entering the shared ownership market too.

    Various schemes operate around the country, with a mixed reputation and differing levels of success. Make sure you’re fully up to speed with the latest best practice. This practical course will cover everything you need to know from getting a scheme off the ground, marketing and selling properties effectively and day to day management.

    Ideal for everyone involved in shared ownership – both as a refresher and for anyone new to this tenure.

    Learn the lessons from the past and keep abreast with all the changes.

    The course will cover

    • The expectations of Homes England (the Government’s funding authority) in developing and selling shared ownership properties
    • How best to work with Homebuy agents
    • Good practice and requirements – marketing and selling shared ownership properties
    • How shared ownership leases differ from other leases in management – specifically rent review, assignment, staircasing, income recovery, re-mortgages.

    Who should attend

    Everyone working in shared ownership from development, sales and marketing, management and maintenance. Ideal as a refresher and those new to shared ownership, for housing association and local authority staff.

    Our trainer

    Jackie Dickins has been an HQN Associate since 2001 and is our lead consultant for HQN’s Leasehold Network. Prior to this she held positions at a London borough and two large housing associations based in London, where she was responsible for leasehold management and promoting work in the field of low-cost home ownership initiatives. Jackie undertakes many of HQN’s service reviews and service improvement work on leaseholder and home ownership. She has also worked in interim positions with a number of local authorities, arm’s length management organisations and housing associations as head of home ownership/home ownership manager.

    Jackie also runs pre-exam workshops at associate and member level for the Institute of Residential Property Managers (IRPM) and is delivering training for apprentices seeking associate membership of the IRPM.

    Jackie is responsible for developing, and is a lead assessor of HQN's leasehold accreditation scheme.

    This course will also be running in London.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate
    Non-members:

    1 delegate: £275.00 *
    2 delegates: £250.00 *
    3+: £225.00 *

    Members of any HQN network:
    1 delegate: £250.00 *
    2 delegates: £225.00 *
    3+: £200.00 *

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

    • Event TypeHQN Training
    • VenueBirmingham
    • Start21 Mar 2019 10:00
    • End21 Mar 2019 16:00

    Unlocking construction – basic techniques for non-technical staff

    Details

    Unlocking construction

    This is a highly interactive, one-day course for all non-technical staff who would like to improve their knowledge and raise their confidence when dealing with contractors, technical staff and customers regarding construction and maintenance issues. 

    What will delegates learn? 

    • How basic construction works 
    • How to diagnose basic construction problems 
    • How to recognise potential maintenance problems 
    • How to recognise issues relating to health and safety in construction 
    • How to communicate more effectively regarding technical issues 
    • How to handle repair requests more efficiently 
    • How to discuss technical issues more effectively and gain confidence 
    • How to speak knowledgeably regarding construction and maintenance 
    • How to get it right first time, saving money and resources. 

    This course will cover: 

    The training is delivered through a series of interactive sessions and covers all major trades: 

    • Joinery/carpentry 
    • Electrical 
    • Plumbing 
    • Brickwork 
    • Roofs 
    • Environmental works. 

    Specific to each trade, delegates will be able to: 

    • Ask the right questions to make a valid assessment regarding construction/maintenance issues 
    • Identify the various types of repairs applicable to each trade 
    • Diagnose potential problems on estate visits with greater accuracy 
    • Give the right advice 
    • Identify and assess the potential risks regarding health and safety 
    • Understand the basics, including materials and techniques used 
    • Speak with knowledge and confidence. 

    Who should attend? 

    • Contact centre operatives 
    • Housing management staff and caretakers 
    • Staff who undertake estate visits 
    • Sheltered housing staff 
    • Repairs centre managers 
    • Customer inspectors 
    • Everyone from a non-technical background who wishes to increase their knowledge of construction. 

    Our trainer

    Nancy Witham has more than 30 years experience within the Social Housing Sector. She delivers innovative, engaging interactive training to operational staff in Repairs & Maintenance, Neighbourhood, Customer Service and Business IT systems. Nancy’s style of training makes learning enjoyable and relevant and her training programmes receive consistently excellent feedback.

    What previous delegates have said: 

    • "One of the best courses I have ever attended" – Warwick District Council
    • "Excellent course. Would highly recommend. Trainer excellent" – Aster Group
    • "Enjoyed the day. Found it useful" – Bracknell Forest Borough Council 
    • "Really great course. Exactly what I wanted" – Islington & Shoreditch Housing Association 

    This course will also be running in YorkManchester, London and Cardiff.

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    Further information

    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

  6. Anti-social behaviour (ASB) and how to tackle it – a masterclass

    Details

    Anti-social behaviour (ASB) and how to tackle it – a masterclass

    ASB is a serious issue for landlords and has been legislated for innumerable times over the past few years. The introduction of the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 is a shift change from previous approaches in that it is now clearly victim led.

    In order to deal with ASB in your community you will need a good understanding of the measures available.

    This Act focuses more than ever on joint agency working and this course will take you through each of the remedies relevant to social housing providers as well as identify what actions can and/or are required from partner agencies.

    This course will provide a good foundation to deal effectively and appropriately with ASB in the community.

    Sessions will cover:

    • The legal tools available
    • Legal framework
    • The Civil Injunction to prevent ASB
    • Breach of the remedies
    • Closure Orders
    • Voluntary remedies
    • Possession Grounds (absolute and discretionary)
    • Community trigger.

    What will delegates learn?

    • How and when to use the new tools
    • The importance of joint working
    • An understanding of ASB
    • Choosing the right remedy
    • Civil or criminal action?

    Who should attend?

    This course is suitable for housing practitioners and their managers who are involved in resolving ASB issues within their community.

    Our trainer

    Mel Cant became a Barrister in July 2000 and both prior to and since that time has worked within the housing sector to improve services to the public and providers by providing leadership, practical advice, training, support and guidance in the public, private and voluntary sectors. Mel’s “can do” attitude along with her passion for ensuring equality and fairness for all through outstanding customer service and providing practical solutions has made her a “go to” person within social housing.

    find out more

    Meet At

    Further information

    Price per delegate:
    1 delegate: £250.00
    2 delegates: £225.00
    3+: £200.00

    *Prices include refreshments and lunch, and are subject to VAT at the applicable rate.

    Cancellations and substitutions:

    A full refund will be given if a cancellation is made 28 calendar days or more prior to the event, and a 50% refund if a cancellation is made 15-27 calendar days prior to the event. We regret that no refund can be given if a cancellation is made 14 calendar days or less before the event.

    Cancellations must be made in writing, and will be acknowledged by HQN Limited.

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