The impact of child welfare duties in housing law

Date: Wednesday 13 May 2015

Time: 18:30 - 20:00

Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT

Speakers: Lindsay Johnson, Martin Westgate QC, Shu Shin Luh, Garden Court Chambers

CPD: 1.5

Fee: Free

The Housing Law Practitioners Association and Shelter Children’s Legal Service present a seminar on 'The impact of child welfare duties in housing law'.

In two recent cases, SG v DWP and Nzolameso v Westminster CC, the Supreme Court has highlighted the importance of examining the interests of children in the housing or housing related context. In SG v DWP the Court held that the benefit cap violated the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and in Nzolameso v Westminster CC it held that the authority failed to show that it had properly considered its obligation under s. 11 of the Children Act 2004 to safeguard and, more importantly, promote the welfare of children when considering an out of borough placement.

The impact of section 11 and the UNCRC continues to grow and is becoming ever more important. The seminar considers the current state of the law, the relationship between the international and domestic duties, how they can be deployed in English Courts, and how they can assist those in need of housing.

To reserve your place please RSVP to or contact the events team on 020 7404 1313.

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