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Hear influential speakers from Scotland & Canada sharing their knowledge of adolescence, homelessness & health; take part in discussion and networking with leaders across the third & public sectors to plan a way forward; engage in interactive workshops to ensure you leave with improved knowledge and a plan of action.

Our National Conference marks the 25th Anniversary of the Rock Trust supporting young people in Scotland.

In 1991 the Rock Trust was founded to support the increased number of young people who did not have a place to call home. Last year in Scotland 9,966 young people presented to their local authority as homeless.

In 2016 we are bringing stakeholders and decision makers together, all of whom bring expertise, knowledge and resources. We hope to support communities in planning and implementing solutions, engage local authorities, all with the ultimate goal of supporting the prevention and reduction of youth homelessness in Scotland. Be part of ending youth homelessness.

Delegate rate is £90 plus booking fee – total £96.14.
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Key speakers include:

Stephen Gaetz is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at the York University Toronto, and is the Director of the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness and the Homeless Hub. He is also now President of Raising the Roof, a leading Canadian charity that focuses on long term solutions to homelessness.

Dr. Gaetz is committed to a research agenda that foregrounds social justice and attempts to make research on homelessness relevant to policy and program development. His research on homeless youth has focused on their economic strategies, health, education and legal and justice issues, and more recently, he has focused his attention on policy and in particular the Canadian Response to homelessness. He has recently edited two volumes on homelessness in Canada, including: Housing First in Canada – Supporting Communities to End Homelessness. (2013) and Youth homelessness in Canada: Implications for policy and practice (2013).

Melanie Redman is the ‎Executive Director of ‘A Way Home: Working Together to End Youth Homelessness in Canada’ A Way Home is a national coalition dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.

Prior to becoming the Executive Director of A Way Home, Melanie was the Director of National Initiatives at Eva’s. In that role she directed the National Learning Community on Youth Homelessness, the Eva’s Awards for Ending Youth Homelessness, and the Mobilizing Local Capacity to End Youth Homelessness Program, which works with communities across Canada to craft, implement, and sustain plans to end youth homelessness. She currently serves as the Chair of the Youth Homelessness Research Priority Area at the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. Her passion for addressing the root causes of complex social issues drew her to co-develop A Way Home with partners across Canada.

Dan Johnson is a Chartered and Registered Forensic Psychologist and heads the Psychology Department in Kibble Education and Care Centre. He began working in the prison service where he was awarded a Butler Trust Certificate Award for work on violence prevention. He has provided assessment, intervention, training and consultancy to courts, community services, prisons and care providers.
He is Honorary Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University. Dan aims to increase trauma informed practice with young people and sees this as one of the most effective ways to improve care and outcomes.

Marion Gibbs is currently Team Leader for Homelessness in the Scottish Government and has been for 7 years. She has the responsibility for taking forward policy development in homelessness and in particular working with the Scottish Government/COSLA Homelessness Prevention and Strategy Group and local authorities to prevent homelessness whenever possible. This focus in Scotland continues to be on the prevention of homelessness and addressing the adverse impacts of welfare reform. This involves facilitating the five regional hubs of local authorities developing approaches to housing options and the prevention of homelessness.

Marion was previously an Inspection Manager with the Scottish Housing Regulator.

Marion has also worked in the voluntary sector (Shelter Scotland and Glasgow Homelessness Network) for 12 years in both frontline advice work and policy development.

Beth Watts is a Research Fellow at I-SPHERE, Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. Her research primarily focuses on homelessness, youth homelessness and housing. In 2015, she conducted a review of youth homelessness in the UK for The OVO Foundation. Beth currently works on the JRF/Crisis funded Homelessness Monitors, a longitudinal project tracking the impacts of the economic downturn and welfare reform, and the Welfare Conditionality project, a five-year (2013-2018) ESRC-funded research programme exploring the ethics and effectiveness of conditional approaches to welfare support and provision. She completed her PhD comparing responses to homelessness in Scotland and Ireland in 2013 at the University of York and has previously worked as a researcher at The Young Foundation, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Shelter.

The conference is aimed at senior managers within the third and public sectors in the areas of health, housing, education, criminal justice, employment, migration and youth work.