About the workshop

This free lawyer-led workshop will look at situations where local authority decisions on homelessness can be challenged. The workshop will be of interest to anyone who supports children, young people and families or who works in housing and homelessness in Edinburgh. We will focus on case studies and practical information to help attendees feel more confident supporting children, young people, and families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

This workshop will cover four different case studies. Each case study will deal with a common problem encountered by young people or families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness.

The case studies will focus on:

  1. Young people aged 16 and 17 who have had to leave home
  2. Someone who has become homeless as a result of domestic violence
  3. A young person who has arrived from another local authority with nowhere to stay
  4. Someone who has a rented property which is overcrowded or otherwise unsuitable

We will explain what the law says, what options are available in each situation, and how to challenge a decision.  

At the end of the workshop you will:

  • Feel able to help young people and families to challenge homelessness decisions
  • Have the tools and information to give practical assistance
  • Feel confident identifying when further advice or help is needed and know how to access it.


10.00 - 10.05 - Welcome and Introductions
10.05 - 10.30 - Young people aged 16 and 17 who become homeless
10.30 - 11.00 - Domestic abuse and homelessness
11.00 - 11.30 - Arriving in a new local authority with nowhere to stay
11.30 - 12.00 - Becoming homeless due to overcrowding

About the trainers

Mary-Claire Kelly is a senior lawyer at Clan Childaw. She is an expert in the field of housing and homelessness law in Scotland. She is recognised by the law society of Scotland as an accredited specialist in Housing and Residential Tenancy Law. She sits as a part-time chair in the First-tier Tribunal (Housing & Property Chamber).

Vicki Pirie is a lawyer at Shelter with extensive experience in housing law. Vicki provides advice and representation across all areas of housing and homelessness law and is currently working on a project aiming to increase local authorities compliance with temporary accommodation regulations. She has recently graduated with a Master of Laws in Human Rights from Strathclyde University and has a particular interest in housing as a human right.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about this training, please get in touch on [email protected]

This free workshop is part of Clan Childlaw's Street Legal Project in partnership with Shelter Scotland. Combining the expertise of both organisations, the project provides free legal advice and representation to young people aged 16 - 25 or families with children up to the age of 18 who are either experiencing, or at risk of homelessness in Edinburgh. 

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