27th September 2019

Arundel House

Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London, WC2R 2PG

Please join us for our Housing & Social Welfare Team's flagship conference of 2019 aimed at Community Care and Housing lawyers and covering the interplay between relevant statutory duties owed to homeless children, including Children Act and homelessness duties.

The Homeless Child: Causes and Solutions

9am – 6pm, Friday 27th September 2019

Arundel House, 6 Temple Place, London WC2R 2PG


Keynote Speakers:

Sir James Munby (Former President of the Family Division of the High Court)

Louise Hughes (Care leaver and ambassador for A National Voice)


Sessions will include the following panels, and additional speakers will be listed here as they are confirmed:

The Journey of a Homeless Child

Chaired by Carol Storer, Director, LAG

  • Children trafficked to the UK (Catherine Meredith, Doughty Street Chambers)

  • Supporting refugees (Chloe Morgan, Integration Projects Manager, New Roots, Refugee Council)

  • The interface between local housing authorities and children’s social care (Dorothy Simon, Legal Services Manager, Children and Education Team, Essex County Council)

  • Navigating housing, social services, and financial aid: Who to sue? (Zia Nabi, Doughty Street Chambers)

  • The accommodation occupied by homeless children (Simone Vibert, Senior Policy and Public Affairs Analyst at The Children's Commissioner's Office)

Child Poverty and Homelessness

Chaired by Mary-Rachel McCabe, Doughty Street Chambers

This session will explore how poverty impacts on ensuring service providers discharge their duties, as well as looking at practical ways of gathering evidence on the impact of poverty for bringing cases to court.

  • Gathering an evidence base to hold statutory bodies to account (Jo Underwood, Shelter)

  • A review of cases involving issues of benefits, subsistence payments and caps on benefits (Ben Chataway, Doughty Street Chambers)

  • Poverty and Part VII/Homelessness, Samuels, and Housing Conditions (Martin Westgate QC, Doughty Street Chambers)

Housing Homeless Children – Practical Answers to Five Key Questions

Chaired by Lindsay Johnson, Doughty Street Chambers

  • Using international law in domestic cases: How do, could and should the UK courts respond to arguments based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child? (Professor Aoife Nolan, University of Nottingham’s Professor of International Human Rights Law)

  • When can damages be recovered against a local authority for failing to perform its duty to a child in need? (Sam Jacobs, Doughty Street Chambers)

  • How can we protect the educational welfare of children with special educational needs in temporary accommodation? (Sarah Steinhardt, Doughty Street Chambers)

  • When is separation of a child from its parents permissible where the parent is homeless and not eligible for homelessness assistance? (Jamie Burton, Doughty Street Chambers)

  • What are the obligations owed by a local authority to a child or young person in custody or being released from custody? (Daniel Clarke, Doughty Street Chambers)


Tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite by clicking this link.  The price of your ticket includes lunch, and all tea & coffee breaks.  You are also invited to stay for a drinks reception after the conference, as the guests of Doughty Street Chambers.   

  • Private Practice: £105 plus VAT plus Eventbrite booking fee (Total cost: £134.78)

  • Not for profit: £60 + VAT (Total cost: £77.27)


If you have any questions please contact events@doughtystreet.co.uk or call Cynthia Francis on 020 7404 1313.



We are delighted to have the Legal Action Group as our media partners for this conference. LAG books will be available for sale at the conference (card payments accepted), and LAG are offering a generous discount on every book bought by delegates on the day, and for a week after the conference (to 4th October).