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: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Education & training
Type: 
Guidance

The Department for Education has issued updated guidance to residential special schools as a result of Ofsted inspections against the standards, and revisions to the independent school standards. This advice is for special schools providing residential accommodation for any child.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Transition, Education & training
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

Guidance for education providers and local authorities on the SEND reforms from the Department of Health. This guidance was issued in March 2015 and will be reviewed in September 2015.

Guidance for parents, local authorities and partners is at

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/implementing-the-0-to-25-spec...

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Commissioning, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

This report evaluates a scheme that provided employment support based on the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model, alongside the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. The pilot was 1 of 4 commissioned by the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions based on recommendations in the 2014 report Psychological Wellbeing and Work: Improving Service Provision and Outcomes. It was designed to test service design, methods of tracking findings and initial effects.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Work Capability Assessment, International
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report, Research

This Demos report examines how seven countries assess capability for work and proposes "real-life assessment" as an alternative to the Work Capability Assessment. The Work Capability Assessment (WCA) – which assesses eligibility for the main out-of-work disability benefit, Employment and Support Allowance – is widely seen to be failing. Part of the problem is how the assessments have been delivered, but even after Atos is replaced by Maximus, the root problems of the WCA will remain: the WCA simply does not assess claimants’ capability for work.

Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Work Choice
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Framework

The Supported Business Alliance are an affiliation of over 25 Supported Businesses, whose steering group consists of Clarity, MTIB, Whitehouse Enterprises, Watford Workshops and the Industrial Services Group. The Supported Business Alliance was formed initially to provide a platform to Government to demonstrate the value of Supported Businesses within the disability employment sector.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Transition, Supported Internships, Traineeships
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

This guide from Preparing for Adulthood (PfA) has been developed for post - 16 learning providers to help establish strong relationships with employers and explores the benefits, understanding how to get employers involved and maintain these relationships.

http://preparingforadulthood.org.uk/resources/pfa-resources/engaging-emp...

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Fluctuating health conditions, Long-term unemployed
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Report

The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has published a paper on improving support into the job market for people with health conditions and disabilities and those facing long-term unemployment, who face considerable disadvantages.

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Best practice

A report by the Work Programme: Building Best Practice Group that looks at how the Work Programme can be improved. The Minister for Employment established the Work Programme: Building Best Practice Group to provide recommendations to improve the existing Work Programme and influence the development of any future Work Programme.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/work-programme-building-best-...

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Fit for Work
Year of Publication: 
2015
Type: 
Guidance

This government guidance about the Fit for Work scheme is for employers, employees and GPs. Fit for Work is free and helps employees stay in or return to work. Employees can consent to their GP or employer referring them to Fit for Work. There are 2 elements: * an advice service providing health and work advice through a website and a telephone line 8 an assessment service providing an occupational health assessment and a return to work plan for employees who have been off sick from work, or are likely to be off sick from work, for 4 weeks or more

Publisher: 
Central Government
Topics: 
Learning disabilities
Year of Publication: 
2014
Type: 
Report

The fourth annual compendium of statistics about the lives of people with learning disabilities. The report covers a wide range of information about population numbers, education, health and social care.

People with Learning Disabilities in England 2013, includes the main report and seven easy read summaries.

http://www.improvinghealthandlives.org.uk/publications/1241/People_with_...

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