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: 2020
Publisher: 
Parliament
Topics: 
Disability, Disability employment gap, Work and Pensions Committee
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

The Work and Pensions Select Committee has launched an inquiry into the Government’s commitment to halve the "disability employment gap" – the difference in employment rates between disabled and non-disabled people. The inquiry will assesses the scale of the challenge and the likely effectiveness of the Government’s employment support and benefit policies in achieving this goal.

Publisher: 
Commissions & Regulatory Organisations
Topics: 
Transition
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

In August 2012, the Ofsted survey ‘Progression post-16 for learners with learning difficulties and/or disabilities’ found that transition arrangements for these learners to post-16 education and into adulthood were not fully effective. Schools, local authorities and other agencies did not work together sufficiently well to ensure that learners were adequately prepared for transition between school and post-16 provision. 

Three years on, this survey sought to evaluate how well further education and skills provision meets the needs and interests of young people aged between 16 and 25 with high levels of need. It also assessed the extent to which the early implementation of the Children and Families Act 2014 has enabled the sector to help these young people to succeed in education and prepare them for adult life. 

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Individual Placement & Support (IPS), IAPT
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Framework

This independent report of the Mental Health Taskforce, commissioned by Simon Stevens on behalf of the NHS, sets out the start of a ten year journey for the transformation of mental health sewrvices within the NHS.

 

Recommendations

The report's recommendations include:

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Guidance

Since April 2014, unemployed people leaving the Work Programme (the Government’s main welfare-to-work scheme) are required to participate in Help to Work. Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants who have not secured lasting employment after two years on the Work Programme will be referred to one of three options: • Daily work search reviews – claimants attend the jobcentre daily; • Community Work Placements – claimants undertake work placements of benefit to the local community; • Mandatory Intervention Regime – claimants receive more intensive support from

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Mental health, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Research

This paper was published in the Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice and was co-authored by Mark Bertram of SLAM Mental Health NHS Trust.

The purpose of this paper is to explore what helped seven people in contact with secondary mental health services achieve their vocational goals, such as: employment, education, training and volunteering.

The authors used the practice of co-operative inquiry – staff and peer supporters co-designed an evaluation of vocational and peer support work with service users.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Fluctuating health conditions, Learning disabilities, Access To Work
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

Access to Work is a specialist disability service from Jobcentre Plus that gives practical advice and support to disabled people, whether they are working, self-employed or looking for employment.

Access to Work is provided where someone needs support or adaptations beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Report

‘Fulfilling Potential' is the Government's disability strategy. An earlier document ‘Fulfilling Potential: Building Understanding’ was published in 2013 which aimed to

  • provide an analysis of the current evidence on disability in the UK to inform the development of the next stage of work on Fulfilling Potential – the development of actions, outcomes and indicators
Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Disability
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

Progress report on supporting disabled people to fulfil their potential (includes data to financial year 2014/15). The Fulfilling Potential outcomes and indicators framework aims to measure progress, over time, against the aim of supporting disabled people to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. This is the second annual Fulfilling Potential outcomes and indicators framework progress report and associated data files (data to financial year 2014/15).

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Long-term unemployed
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

The Government has published evaluations of two IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) pilot schemes. 1. Evaluation of the Telephone Support Psychological Wellbeing and Work Feasibility Pilot In 2013 RAND (Europe) in their report on Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving Service Provision and Outcomes recommended a pilot of a telephone-based intervention (Telephone Support).

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Research

In the summer of 2014, the Department for Education (DfE) commissioned Isos Partnership to undertake research into SEN funding arrangements and practices. The aim of this research was to provide insights into the way funding for young people with SEN is spent, the reasons for differences between spending patterns in different local authorities, and the options for changing the ways in which high-needs funding is distributed in future. The report provides an analysis of how well the current SEN funding system is working and suggests ways in which it might be improved in future.

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