Rough Sleeping

Rough Sleeping

What to do if you are aware of somebody who is rough sleeping

There are a number of ways to report your concerns about a rough sleeper to the Housing Options Team:

1. Make a referral to Streetlink
    Streetlink exists to help end rough sleeping by enabling members of the public to connect people sleeping rough with
    local services that can support them.

2. Contact the Housing Options Team 
   During office hours: 01327 871100

   In an emergency (out of office hours): 01604 629804

3.By email:

4.In person at the Council Offices:

   Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP

   Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-4:30 

What to do if you are rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping

Make contact with the Housing Options Team as soon as possible:

   During office hours tel: 01327 871100

   In an emergency (outside office hours) tel: 01604 629804

   By email:

   Daventry District Council, Lodge Road, Daventry, NN11 4FP

   Opening Hours: Mon-Thurs 9-5, Fri 9-4:30 

A duty Housing Options Officer will assess your circumstances, and provide you with advice and assistance.


Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) 

Extreme cold weather increases the risk of death or serious illness to people who are sleeping rough. The Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) sets out the arrangements that Daventry District Council will put into place to ensure that people who are sleeping rough in our District during extreme cold weather are not at risk.

Arrangements under this protocol are triggered when the night time temperature is predicted to drop to freezing (0 degrees) or below for three or more consecutive nights. When this happens, emergency accommodation is made available to rough sleepers until the overnight temperature rises above freezing. The Council monitors the weather forecasts for Daventry District during the winter months on the MetOffice website .  

When the SWEP protocol is in force the Council will assist rough sleepers so long as the following applies:  

  • The person will be at risk if they continue to sleep rough during the course of the severe weather
  • They have nowhere to sleep indoors during the course of the severe weather (indoors in this context does not include cars, sheds or garages)  
  • They agree to the assistance offered by the Council   

A risk assessment will be carried out to ensure that the person being considered for help would not pose an unacceptable risk to others staying in the emergency accommodation.

Where someone is considered to be a risk the Council will refer them to the most appropriate agency, for instance a mental health service, the National Probation Service, or the police.

In cases where an individual is aggressive, violent or threatening violence the Housing Options Manager will make a final decision as to whether emergency accommodation will be offered or not.


During office hours, the Housing Options team will make temporary accommodation arrangements for those who are eligible. 

If assistance is being sought outside of office hours or there is an out of hours emergency then please contact Northampton Borough Council's out-of-hours service on 01604 629804 in the first instance. 

All clients placed into emergency accommodation under the terms of the SWEP protocol will be referred to either:   

  • Emergency accommodation provided by the voluntary sector (including churches, community centres and night shelters)
  • A bed and breakfast establishment on the Council’s approved list.   

The weather forecast will be checked daily and once the minimum temperature is predicted to rise above freezing, the emergency accommodation will be withdrawn.  


Anyone seeking help under the SWEP protocol will also be asked to attend the drop-in service to see the duty Housing Options Officer the next working day, so that advice and assistance may be offered, and other housing options and long-term options may be discussed.


Daventry Winter Night Shelter

The Council worked with Daventry Methodist Church to create a temporary shelter for rough sleepers when the SWEP protocol is activated, however due to difficulties arising this did not go ahead. Unfortunately had it gone ahead the shelter within the church would not have been COVID secure and therefore new measures would have to be put in place for this winter period.