Knowledge Base

The knowledge base is a free source of information both for supported employment and for disability / employment support generally. In addition to contributions from BASE and its member organisations, the knowledge base also acts as an archive for initiatives such as Valuing People Now.

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Format: 2017
Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Recruitment
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

This Scope publication explores the opportunities and barriers working disabled people come across in having conversations about disability at work. It demonstrates that gaps between policies and practice are preventing businesses from supporting their disabled staff to thrive at work. Finally, it sets out practical ideas businesses can put in place to drive the organisational changes needed. 

The document sets out some guidelines for employers in creating opportunities for jobseekers who have a disability and managing the recruitment process.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Traineeships
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

The Department for Education has published a research report that evaluates the Traineeships programme.

The evaluation explored the views and experiences of:

  •   Year Two Survey of Trainees: 2,153 trainees who commenced a traineeship programme between August 2014 and July 2015.

  •   Trainee’s Follow Up Survey: 416 trainees who were interviewed as part of the Year One evaluation programme and then interviewed again between 18-30 months after the traineeship (December 2015 and January 2016).

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Transition
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Best practice, Guidance

Every secondary school in the country has been given access to a free tool to measure the effectiveness of their careers education and guidance against a series of nationally recognised benchmarks to give young people the best start in the world of work.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Mental health, Health & Wellbeing, Sickness absence
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

In 2007, Centre for Mental Health published a report on ‘Mental health at work: developing the business case’ which presented estimates of the aggregate costs to UK employers of mental health problems among their staff. These estimates showed that the overall costs of mental health problems at work amounted to some £25.9 billion in 2006, equivalent to 3.6% of the national pay bill or £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Mental health, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is a highly effective approach to supporting people with severe mental health problems into work. This report is an independent evaluation of the Making IPS Work programme. Across six sites where IPS was being expanded, InHealth Associates interviewed stakeholders to explore the critical success factors for implementing and sustaining IPS services.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Mental health, Sickness absence, Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The Mental Health Foundation has produced a new guide to supporting mental health at work. 

After reading this guide you should:

  • Have an idea of how to manage your own mental health at work

  • Have an idea of how to reach out to a colleague in distress

  • Have an idea how you can work with others to make your workplace more mentally healthy for everyone 

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Apprenticeships, Transition
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The Department for Education has made changes to the regular minimum English and maths requirements needed to complete an apprenticeship for people with a learning difficulty or disability who have, or previously had, an Education, Health and Care plan, a Statement of Special Educational Needs or a Learning Difficulty Assessment.  These changes will allow more people to access apprenticeships. A short guidance document explaining the changes is attached.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Social enterprise
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Framework

Scotland's Social Enterprise Strategy 2016-2026

This ten-year, national social enterprise strategy sets out our shared ambitions for social enterprise in Scotland, jointly developed with the sector. It provides a framework for action over the next decade. 

Social enterprise models inclusive growth and this strategy will support the aim of sustainable economic growth, tackling inequalities and building a fairer Scotland.

The strategy focuses on three main priorities:

1) Stimulating social enterprise

2) Developing stronger organisations

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Permitted Work
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The ESA Decisionmaker's guide contains guidance around exempt and permitted work. The guidance is in sections 41186 to 41262 of the guide.

If you’re claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), fill in the permitted work form, attached below, before you start any paid or unpaid work. This should be sent it to the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with your benefit. They will tell you if the work you want to do meets the permitted work conditions.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Transition, Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The Council for Disabled Children regularly receives questions from SEND Regional Leads and delegates from regional SEND workshops on a whole series of issues relating to the SEND reforms and joint commissioning.

These bulletins are designed to share the learning from those discussions to a broader audience. They cover:

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