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: 
Charities
Topics: 
Sensory impairment, Reasonable adjustments
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Research, Report

Deafblind people can work, however many will need specialist support to enable them to do so.  Sense campaigns to ensure those deafblind people who want to work get the support they need to gain employment and those deafblind people who work are supported to do their job well and can progress in their career.

Sense has written a report about the barriers deafblind people face when looking for work and when in employment and learn about the solutions that can help more deafblind people to gain and sustain employment.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Individual Placement & Support (IPS)
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Best practice, Research

Individual placement and support (IPS) is a vocational rehabilitation programme that was developed in the USA to improve employment outcomes for people with severe mental illness. Its ability to be generalised to other countries and its effectiveness in varying economic conditions remains to be ascertained. Aims To investigate whether IPS is effective across international settings and in different economic conditions. Method

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Strategy, Scotland, Customer engagement
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

This report from the Scottish Commission for Learning Disability maps the employability landscape for people with learning disabilities in Scotland. The report details the findings, and includes conclusions and specific recommendations for a variety of stakeholders. Four key action areas have been identified. They include the need to: * Overcome the low expectations held by parents, schools, colleges and employers.

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Work and Health Programme
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
News, Report

IPPR North has looked at the potential effectiveness and value of taking an 'invest to save' approach to the new

Topics: 
Commissioning, Procurement, Supply chain contracting, Work Programme
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

The Government will fail to create a level playing field in the competition between bidders for the Work and Health programme, according to new research published by the independent think tank Reform. Bidding has started for the Work and Health Programme, which will provide back-to-work services for long term unemployed and disabled people from October 2017.

Publisher: 
Charities, Other organisations
Topics: 
Supported Internships
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

Supported Internships should be given a higher profile and equal status to Apprenticeships , argues this joint report by Mencap and Remploy. The main points of the report can be summarised as

  • Supported Internships are an effective route into paid employment for young people with SEND who are otherwise at a greatly increased risk of becoming NEET and subsequently dependent on adult social care services.
  • Supported Internships are a key vehicle to achieving Government’s aspiration to halve the
Publisher: 
Other organisations
Topics: 
Transition, Education & training, Traineeships
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

An employer-led group has recommended action to help young people with SEND make the transition from education to employment. Action includes employers offering more supported internships, opening up apprenticeships to more young people with SEND, and better careers advice.

Topics: 
Equality & Diversity, Commissioning, Procurement, Local Government, Social return on investment
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

Procuring for Good - a new report published by Social Enterprise UK paints the most comprehensive picture yet about how councils in England are using the Public Services (Social Value) Act. Findings from Freedom of Information requests [1] sent to all local authorities in England show that more councils than ever are considering social value when commissioning services: 1 in 3 (33%) now routinely consider social value in their procurement and commissioning, and 1 in 4 (24%) have a social value policy.

Publisher: 
BASE
Topics: 
BASE, Training, Disability, Education & training, Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

This document brings together our policy aims for the disability and employment sector. The document was updated in 2016 by the National Executive Committee.

Publisher: 
Parliament
Topics: 
Welfare reform, Disability, DWP
Year of Publication: 
2016
Type: 
Report

The 2010 Government embarked on a major programme of welfare reforms, some of which will not be implemented fully for a number of years. Major elements include the introduction of Universal Credit, which is replacing means-tested benefits and tax credits for working age families, and Personal Independence Payment (PIP), which is replacing Disability Living Allowance for people of working age.

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