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
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: 
2015
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: 
Parliament
Topics: 
Benefits, Work Choice
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

The Work and Pensions Committee has said that when the current Work Programme and Work Choice contracts are replaced in 2017, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) must more effectively focus its contracted employment programmes (welfare-to-work) on unemployed people with challenging problems such as drug and alcohol addiction, illiteracy and innumeracy, homelessness and very weak employment history. This report includes the recommendation that a separate specialist programme for disabled people is maintained.

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: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Equality & Diversity
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Research

Using data from a survey of union Disability Champions, this paper from Warwick Business School assesses the extent to which employers displaying the Positive About Disabled People Two Ticks symbol adhere to the five commitments they are expected to uphold, and the extent to which they provide support to Disability Champions to help them perform their role. It also assesses whether adherence to the five commitments and support for Disability Champions is greater in the Two Ticks than the non-Two Ticks workplaces within the sample.

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.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Employment Support Allowance (ESA), Health & Wellbeing
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Research

DWP has published research which seeks to understand how people move from work to claiming Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). Main findings • Around one-fifth (19 per cent) of all claimants moved straight from work to claiming ESA without any period of sickness absence. A further 45 per cent did have a period of sickness absence prior to leaving work (36 per cent were paid and 9 per cent unpaid). The remainder, 36 per cent, were unemployed immediately before making their ESA claim.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Autism, Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Research

The objective of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of supported employment compared with standard care (day services) for adults with autism in the United Kingdom. A decision-analytic economic model was developed, which used outcome data from the only trial that has evaluated supported employment for adults with autism in the United Kingdom.

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