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Scotland Prevention Review Group

The Scotland Homelessness Prevention Review Group was tasked to identify legal duties needed for local authorities and other public bodies to prevent homelessness in Scotland. It was set up by Crisis at the request of the Scottish Government and was chaired by Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick of Heriot-Watt University. The final report was published in February 2021.

The Prevention Review Group has published its recommendations for legal duties to prevent homelessness - Preventing Homelessness in Scotland (pdf)

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The Scotland Prevention Review Group was convened to take forward a recommendation in the Ending Homelessness Together High Level Action Plan published by the Scottish Government and Convention of Scotland Local Authorities (CoSLA) in November 2018: “We will work with public bodies, housing providers and other partners to develop a new duty on local authorities, wider public bodies and delivery partners for the prevention of homelessness.”

The Group will develop recommendations to the Scottish Government for a legal duty or duties on Scottish local authorities and wider public bodies to prevent homelessness. The Group will provide advice on how to ensure the recommendations are successfully implemented in the context of wider reforms to homelessness provision in Scotland.

How will it work?

The Group was originally scheduled to meet between November 2019 and June 2020. Due to COVID-19 the decision was taken to postpone the work of the Group and the Group is now due to publish its report in February 2021. Each meeting has a different theme.  Every theme will be informed by the views and experiences of other experts, people with lived experience of homelessness and frontline workers.

What are the themes the group will look at?

November 2019   
Overview of work

December 2019   
Housing and homelessness duties for improved prevention

January 2020
Role of health and social care

February 2020   
Offenders and prison leavers

July 2020   
Domestic abuse

July 2020
Case management, strategic planning, monitoring and enforcement

August 2020
Children, young people and families

September 2020   
Contextual issues and review

February 2021    
Publication of final report and recommendations

Who is on the expert group?

Chair: Professor Suzanne Fitzpatrick of Heriot-Watt University. 

Members of the group are:

  • Cllr Elena Whitham, East Ayrshire Council and COSLA
  • John Mills, Fife Council and Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers
  • Susanne Millar, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Maggie-Ann Brunjes, Homeless Network Scotland
  • Callum Chomczuk, Chartered Institute of Housing
  • Matthew Downie, Crisis
  • Gordon MacRae, Shelter Scotland
  • Sally Thomas, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations
  • Professor Tom Mullen, University of Glasgow
  • Ruth Whatling, Scottish Government
  • Kathy Cameron, COSLA

Who else is involved?

We want to make sure we get the input of relevant people from across Scotland.

The views of people with lived experience of homelessness and frontline staff working in homelessness services are particularly important.   We have asked Homeless Network Scotland to bring together a group of people with these experiences to make sure that what we recommend is realistic and makes the difference that we want.  They will have regular meetings alongside the expert review group, including some shared meetings at key stages of the process.

We are holding a series of consultation events with other professionals and specialists from services and government for each theme to provide expertise and advice to the expert group.  Attendance will be targeted to make sure we can have in-depth discussions and due to the short timescales for this piece of work. 

If you would like to be involved please contact us. 

Minutes of meetings

- Prevention Review Group Meeting One Minutes.pdf

Prevention Review Group Meeting Two Minutes.pdf

Prevention Review Group Meeting Three Minutes.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Meeting Four Minutes.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Meeting Five Minutes.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Meeting Six Minutes.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Meeting Seven Minutes.pdf

-Prevention Review Group Meeting Eight Minutes.pdf

-Prevention Review Group Meeting Nine Minutes.pdf


Briefing papers and presentations

- Prevention Review Group Overview Briefing.pdf

-Prevention Review Group Health and Social Care Briefing.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Offenders and Prison Leavers Briefing.pdf

Prevention Review Group Domestic Abuse Briefing.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Children, Families and Young people Briefing.pdf

- Prevention Review Group Meeting One Presentations.pdf

- Stakeholder Questions: Housing and Homelessness Bodies.pdf

- Stakeholder Questions: Health and Social Care.pdf

- Stakeholder Questions: Offenders and Prison Leavers.pdf 

All in for Change: Prevention Commission

The Prevention Commission is made up of people with recent and current experience of homelessness, and people with frontline responsibilities in local authorities, housing associations and the third sector.

The Prevention Commission is facilitated by Homeless Network Scotland and connects directly to the work of the Prevention Duty Review Group.

- Prevention Commission: Meeting 1

- Prevention Commission: Meeting 2

- Prevention Commission: Meeting 3

- Prevention Commission: Meetings 4 and 5

You can read more about the work of the Prevention Commission on the Homeless Network Scotland website.

Contact us

If you would like more information on the Prevention Review Group please do not hesitate to contact us. Email or phone 0131 209 7700.



The Prevention Review Group met yesterday, our third meeting since we started our work in November. As discussions have unfolded, some initial recommendations have emerged as to how we see homelessness prevention developing in Scotland.


This week saw the start of an exciting new piece of work to identify how we can improve homelessness prevention in Scotland so that as few people as possible ever become homeless.