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, Learning disabilities, Employer Engagement
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

Mencap has published a guide for employers outling the business case for employing people with a learning disability.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Disability employment gap, Mental health, Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Report

The TUC has published a report, Mental Health and Employment, that estimates that only 1 in 4 (26.2%) people with a mental illness or phobia lasting for 12 months or more are in work.

The report contains new analysis of official employment statistics, which finds that while 4 in 5 (80.4%) non-disabled people are in work, people with mental illness, anxiety or depression have substantially lower employment rates:

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Sensory impairment
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

Sense has published new resources to support the employment of people who are deafblind. Deafblind people can work, however many will need specialist support to enable them to do so.  Sense campaigns to ensure those deafblind people who want to work get the support they need to gain employment and those deafblind people who work are supported to do their job well and can progress in their career.

https://www.sense.org.uk/content/employment

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

This study, published by EASPD, assesses the literature review of cost-benefit analyses from a taxpayer perspective of the labour market inclusion of persons with disabilities. It includes an extensive and structured overview of global literature over the last 30 years. 

The main findings are that:

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Transition, Supported Internships, Work experience
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

This report is about the current provision and operational practice of work experience and work-related activities at schools and colleges in England.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Autism, Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

When given the right supports and training, a new study from USA suggests that nearly all young people with autism who qualify for supported employment can learn to excel on the job.

9 out of 10 transition-age youths with autism who participated in an intensive job training program were working part-time earning at least minimum wage three months after graduating high school. What’s more, 87% were still working after 12 months.

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

IPPR has published a report addressing the high numbers of people leaving work as a result of acquiring a disability or long term health condition. The report, Working Well: a plan to reduce long term sickness absence, makes the case for a new 'Fit Pay' policy that would give employers the incentive to work with staff to keep them healthy and in work.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Jobcentre Plus, Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

DWP's Dynamic Purchasing System is used to purchase local support for individuals and groups of customer. The attached presentation describes how it works. 

Providers must register at http://bravosolution.co.uk and upload a Pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ) before submitting details of their offer. It is recomended that providers seeking to upload Supported Employment as a single intervention enter it as one of the routeway provisions.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Mental health
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

This study was commissioned by the West Midlands Mental Health Commission, a task force set up by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), to assess the current costs of mental ill health and current service provision across the region. It was led by the Health Services Management Centre at the University of Birmingham in partnership with the Centre for Mental Health.

Publisher: 
Charities
Topics: 
Education & training, Autism
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Best practice

Finding Work,  a digital workbook published by National Autistic Society, is available to download for free. 

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