Supported employment

BASE has been contracted to review and update the National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Supported Employment Practitioners. We need your help to ensure that the revised standards are suitable for the sector and have launched a survey which is now open until 19 May.

The original NOS were written in 2012 and you can view them at http://base-uk.org/nos

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: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Commissioning, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2011
Type: 
Guidance

This publication summarises the learning from work undertaken by NDTi around supporting people with learning disabilities and people with mental health problems into paid work. Conclusions include that there is:

Publisher: 
Central Government, Valuing People Now
Topics: 
Learning disabilities, Supported employment
Year of Publication: 
2009
Type: 
Report

Learning disability employment policy in England was led by the Valuing Employment Now (VEN) Team until it was disbanded in April 2010. Employment policy is now led by the Valuing People Now team. Only 6.4% of people with a significant disability are in paid employment in England (2010). Valuing Employment Now was published in June 2009 and is the main cross-Government policy document for England.

The London Borough of Barnet has issued the following notice regarding the tender of "day opportunities and intensive employment support services":

The London Borough of Barnet (LBB) wishes to commission Day Opportunity and Intensive Employment Support services for Service Users (SU) aged 18 to 65.

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has published its report into Local Support for People with a Learning Disability  There are an estimated 930,000 adults with a learning disability in England, 129,000 of whom receive local authority social care support. There are approximately 2,500 people with a learning disability who are living in mental health hospitals.

It has been confirmed that DWP's supported employment proof of concept trials are to be delayed by the announcement of the general election on 8 June. We were expecting an imminent announcement about which local authorities have been selected to take part but this has now been put on hold. DWP will be writing to all those local authorities that submitted expressions of interest to update them on the situation. 

Publisher: 
Policy & research organisations
Topics: 
Individual Placement & Support (IPS), Supported employment, Commissioning
Year of Publication: 
2017
Type: 
Research

This study, published by EASPD, assesses the literature review of cost-benefit analyses from a taxpayer perspective of the labour market inclusion of persons with disabilities. It includes an extensive and structured overview of global literature over the last 30 years. 

The main findings are that:

Rob Grieg, Chief Executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion, has written a blog for the Guardian about Rosa Monckton's proposal that people with a learning disability might be paid at less than the national minimum wage. We fully support his views which are reproduced below.

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have launched an expression of interest exercise for local authorities to jointly deliver a Local Supported Employment proof of concept.  Expressions of interest should be submitted by 27 March 2017.  

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