Webinar: Homelessness and multiple disadvantage - Understanding factors that may affect decision making during the Covid-19 crisis

A recording of this webinar will be made available on our website, after the event has finished.

Thursday, 21 May 2020
Online | 11am-12.15pm | Free

This webinar will provide an insight into factors that might hinder individual's decision making, such as past experience and hidden brain injury.  Guidance will be provided on how to support these individuals and conduct Mental Capacity Act and other assessments while social distancing rules are in place.

Event overview

During the Covid-19 crisis, it is clear to most that the best way to stay safe is to stay indoors and away from others as far as possible.  However for some, factors such as past experiences or brain function may affect decision making and ability to analyse risk, making them reluctant to take advantage of accommodation offered.

This webinar will:

  • Consider why not everyone is able to stay indoors, exploring factors such as institutionalised understanding of risk; the affect of hidden brain injuries, and exploitative support or fear of reprisal.
  • Discuss what might hinder decision making and ways to support individuals to improve this.
  • Provide guidance on supporting assessments, such as for the Mental Capacity Act,  when unable to do a face to face assessment due to social distancing rules.
  • Look ahead to the transition period from temporary accommodation as the Covid-19 crisis eases.


  • Chair: Jo Prestidge, Senior Project Manager (Housing First England), Homeless Link
  • Bruno Ornelas, Head of Safeguarding and Service, Voices of Stoke
  • Fiona Bateman, Solicitor and Chair of CASCAIDr (Centre for Adult Social Care Advice Information and Dispute resolution)






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