This workshop will be of interest to anyone who supports children, young people and families or who works in the area of housing and homelessness. Led by lawyers from Clan Childlaw and Shelter Scotland, the workshop will look at a series of case studies to provide attendees with the knowledge and information they need to assist children, young people, and families living in unsuitable accommodation.

About the Workshop

This online workshop will take place on Zoom and will cover:

  • How to assist children, young people and families living in tenancies in poor condition, affected by disrepair and dampness
  • How to assist children, young people and families living in unsuitable temporary accommodation after applying as homeless to the local authority.
  • An update on housing law in light of the changes to the law during the pandemic

At the end of the workshop, you will:

  • Feel able to help young people and families to challenge unsuitable accommodation
  • Have the information and knowledge to give practical assistance
  • Feel confident in identifying when further advice is required and know how to access it


  • 10.00-10.05 Welcome and introduction
  • 10:05-11:00 The right to a decent home which isn’t affected by dampness and disrepair
  • 11:00-12:00 The right to suitable temporary accommodation
  • 12:00-12:30 Update on coronavirus related changes to the laws around housing/homelessness
  • 12:30-13:00 Discussion

About the trainers

Mary-Claire Kelly is a senior lawyer at Clan Childaw. She has extensive experience in housing and homelessness law. 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 and specialises 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 workshop, please get in touch on [email protected]

This workshop is part of Clan Childlaw's Street Legal Project in partnership 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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