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: 
Other organisations

Aspirations for Life have produced an excellent set of 16 posters that can be used to raise awareness of the employment aspirations of people with a learning disability or autism condition. We are hosting these temporarilly and hope that they will be available to order from www.aspirationsforlife.org in the near future.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Welfare reform, LEPs, Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

Public Health England has published a briefing for local enterprise partnerships on health and work, worklessness and economic growth.

The briefing is for decision-makers in local enterprise partnerships (LEP) who are developing local economic strategies. It summarises the potential contribution of health with employment and economic growth, and proposes effective ways to tackle these issues. It focuses on people: in employment with health conditions; at risk of falling out of work and onto welfare benefits; or with health conditions not in employment who are receiving benefits.

Publisher: 
Local Government
Topics: 
Funding, Commissioning, Local Government, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research

Gloucestershire CC has published an independent cost:Benefit analysis of its employment service. The report was authored by Mark Kilsby, Julie Allan and Steve Beyer and looked at activity between 1 April 2013 and 30 November 2014. During this period they found that: • 91 beneficiaries with learning disabilities were supported in paid work over the period; • 75 paid jobs were obtained over the period at a rate of 3.75 jobs per month; • 11 people left their jobs over the period; • 81 people with learning disabilities were in work at November 30th 2014.

Publisher: 
Parliament
Topics: 
Mental health
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

This note provides a brief summary of Government policy on mental health in England. It covers policies introduced under the 2010-2015 Coalition Government, and those introduced under the 2015 Conservative Government. It is not intended to provide detail on every recent policy, and instead focuses on the main developments and programmes of work. It focuses on health policy, and so does not look in detail at wider changes that may affect people with mental health problems, such as welfare reform and social care policy. However, links to further reading are included in the Appendix.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Benefits
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

"Shortly after becoming Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in 2010, Iain Duncan Smith announced his ambition to create “[a] welfare system that is fit for the 21st century.” Over the course of the Parliament, the Coalition Government embarked on a radical programme of change aimed at building a fair and sustainable social security system. The reforms have not, however, had the desired impact for people with a disability or health condition. [...]

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: 
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: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Learning disabilities, Work Choice
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Report

This report is part of a wider project called Fit for Purpose, supported by 25 organisations and looking at the future of employment support for disabled people and those with health conditions

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Learning disabilities, Mental health, Education & training
Type: 
Guidance

The Department for Education has issued updated guidance on the planning and delivery of study programmes for 16-19 year olds. This advice applies to the academic years 2015 to 2016 and 2016 to 2017. It is for:

  • senior leadership teams
  • curriculum planners
  • teachers
  • trainers
  • co-ordinators

It applies to all providers of 16 to 19 education, including:

  • further education (FE) colleges
  • sixth-form colleges
  • school sixth forms
  • work-based learning providers
  • training providers
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.

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