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: 2019
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: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Transition
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Guidance

The Department for Education have developed an outcomes tool that is designed to support the development of PfA outcomes in EHC plans across the age range. It explores the key indicators for preparing for adulthood at different ages and stages of development.

Things to remember when using the tool:

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:

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

A study of over 1000 unemployed adults by Tarani Chandola, Professor of Medical Sociology at The University of Manchester, compared health and stress levels of those remaining unemployed and different quality jobs. The study revealed evidence that runs contrary to the assumption that taking any job is better for a person’s health and wellbeing than being unemployed. The study found that:

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

Sense has published employment toolkits for people with sensory impairments. They include template CVs and tips for writing a covering letter and preparing for an interview. They also include links to a number of resources and employment programmes to help people with sensory impairments looking for work.

The toolkits were co-produced with one their young campaigners who is deafblind, Molly O’Brien.

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

The Department for Education (DfE) have today released an updated guidance document for Supported Internships.

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