Supporting you to prevent homelessness

PRACTITIONER RESOURCES

NPSS has developed a series of service development tools to provide local authorities with a strategic framework on which to develop delivery plans, future proof delivery and demonstrate the importance of ongoing financial investment. These include a statistical compiler; essential for any local authority reviewing their homelessness strategy or developing a new one and a Value for Money tool which supports local authorities to demonstrate the cost effectiveness of early intervention and prevention.

NPSS has also produced a comprehensive range of toolkits which support the operational delivery of local authority front line housing services and contain detailed guidance, template letters, standard forms, protocols and good practice examples across a number of key elements of the current homelessness prevention agenda.

All NPSS tools are available in your local authority back office area; please log in to access these.

PRACTITIONER RESOURCES TOOLS, TOOLKITS AND GOOD PRACTICE

TOOLS

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NPSS VALUE FOR MONEYTOOL

The NPSS Value for Money tool supports local authorities to develop a clear understanding of the value for money being achieved through investment in housing options and homelessness prevention services.

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NPSS STATISTICAL COMPILER

The NPSS Statistical Compiler contains a range of useful statistics for your authority to use to help inform strategy development, decision-making and service improvement.

The Statistical Compiler supports local authorities to put their housing options service firmly into the context of its local operating environment. It has been designed to provide a wide range of statistics The Statistical Compiler also supports local authorities to review and update their Homelessness Strategies by providing a range of information from multiple data sets to inform its development. Statistics are provided for every local authority in England and can be compared regionally and nationally.

TOOLKITS

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DOMESTIC ABUSE AWARENESS TOOLKIT

The NPSS Domestic Abuse awareness toolkit was developed to support local authorities ensure victims of domestic abuse are able to access the right support at the right time. The toolkit includes a guide for new housing options staff which is designed for local authorities to insert into their existing staff induction pack as well as a range of good practice examples.

You can view and download a copy of the NPSS Reducing the use of Domestic Abuse Awareness toolkit below:

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IMPLEMENTING THE HOMELESSNESS REDUCTION ACT

To support local authorities and partner agencies, NPSS has produced a Homelessness Reduction Act toolkit and letter templates pack. At the time of production the letter templates were legally checked and, if required, will be updated in the Spring of 2018 once the updated Code of Guidance has been published.  

NPSS is currently working on an implementation plan framework for local authorities to include an action plan, member briefing, partner briefing and suggested meeting agendas. This will be published online in early October. 

Click here to download a copy of the Homelessness Reduction Act toolkit 

Click here to download a copy of the NPSS Homelessness Reduction Act letter templates

To receive a word version of the NPSS Homelessness Reduction Act letter templates, please contact the team 

 
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NPSS PRIVATE RENTED SECTOR TOOLKIT

Newly published in June 2016 and available now to download: a revised and refreshed toolkit regarding access to the private rented sector and developing your private rented sector offer policy:

You can view and download a copy of the NPSS Private Rented Sector toolkit below:

PART ONE: The Localism Act 2011 and The Homelessness (Suitability of Accommodation) (England) Order 2012 Download here

PART TWO: Maintaining a prevention focus Download here

PART THREE: Working with the Private Rented Sector Download here

PART FOUR: Developing a Private Rented Sector Offer Download here

PART FIVE: Annexes Download here

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NPSS DEVELOPING A PREVENTION FOCUSED HOMELESSNESS STRATEGY TOOLKIT

For a copy of the latest toolkit please contact NPSS support@npsservice.org.uk

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NPSS REDUCING THE USE OF BED AND BREAKFAST TOOLKIT

The NPSS Reducing the use of Bed and Breakfast toolkit was developed to support local authorities reduce the use of Bed and Breakfast for families and explore alternative forms of temporary accommodation.

You can view and download a copy of the NPSS Reducing the use of Bed and Breakfast toolkit below:

GOOD PRACTICE

A series of good practice guides will soon be available in your local authority back office area. If you would like more information on the good practice guides, please email support@npsservice.org.uk