North Lanarkshire Supported Employment Evaluation

Steve Beyer of the Welsh Centre for Learning Disability published some interesting research on the North Lanarkshire Supported Employment Service in 2007. It shows that people in work have much more money in their pockets each week but also that it is a cheaper option for local authorities than traditional services. 

Best Practice in Supported Employment - Information For Commissioners

In 2007 Julie Ridley and Susan Hunter carried out research for the Scottish Government on best practice in supported employment. From this, they developed a series of questions that commissioners should ask when looking at the effectiveness of supported employment services in their area. 

Go For It! An Evaluation of Supported Employment Services in Scotland

This research was carried out by Julie Ridley, Susan Hunter and the Infusion Cooperative in 2005. They identified a pressing need for central and local government to adopt a more strategic and coordinated approach to developing and funding ‘supported employment’ in Scotland so that its implementation can be more widespread. This research led on to the development of the National Framework for Supported Employment published by the Scottish Government in 2010. 

The Lonely Society?

According to a new report released by the Mental Health Foundation, relationships that are vital to health and well-being are under threat by modern life, which can isolate people from one another and lead to loneliness. UK-wide research carried out for The Lonely Society? shows that one in ten people often feel lonely (11%) and half think that people are getting lonelier in general (48%).

The report says the way in which people now live is impacting on their ability to connect with others. More people live alone: the percentage of households occupied by one person doubled from 6% in 1972 to 12% in 2008. The divorce rate has almost doubled in the past 50 years and the number of lone parent households is rising. People are living longer but many older people are doing so alone. Because of people pursuing careers and education opportunities, many now live further away from their families and the communities they grew up in. Figures show that one in three people would like to live closer to their family to see them more often (35%).

Old-style communities are in decline and the closure of local amenities such as post offices and working men's clubs have had an impact on people for whom they were a focal point, particularly those living on the margins of society and vulnerable to loneliness, such as the elderly, people out of work or those living with a disability.

A Comparative Study of the Situation of Supported Employment in Europe

A study carried out by the University of Salamanca (Borja jordan de Urries & Miguel Angel Verdugo) and the University of Cardiff (Steve Beyer) in partnership with members of EUSE.

Agencies offering supported employment (SE) in the European Union (EU) were surveyed using a Web-based questionnaire in 2006. Responses were obtained from 184 organizations, primarily from Finland, Spain, and the United Kingdom (UK). The authors conclude that funding for SE is fragile and that variations in the model used may disadvantage people with more severe intellectual disabilities, and thus lead to less effective supported employment. Fewer hours worked in the UK than elsewhere suggest a lack of harmonization of welfare benefit legislation provision across the EU, again affecting people with intellectual disabilities disproportionately. The study highlights the need for follow-up studies. 

Making It Work?

Supported employment is a service that aims to increase participation in real, unsegregated work for people with learning difficulties. Making it work explores the experiences and strategies for success of supported employees, colleagues and job coaches, looking in-depth at sixteen case studies.

The report, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, is unusual in focusing primarily on the perspectives of people with learning difficulties themselves, and also because the research was carried out in collaboration with members of the self-advocate group People First Wales. It identifies examples of good practice and suggests how the service can be developed and improve. 

What Works? Transition to Employment for Young People with Learning Difficultes (2008)

This research found that young people with learning difficulties who wanted paid working on leaving school or college still faced barriers.  There aren't enough organisations to help people. Below we have the three documents produced as a result of the research. 

The Role of Supported Employment Agencies in Promoting Health

This research, carried out by the Welsh Centre for Learning Disability, examines the role of supported employment agencies (SEAs) in promoting the health of people with learning disabilities in real jobs. Strategies used by the UK SEAs to prevent behaviour that risks health have been evaluated using a web survey. Fifty agencies throughout the UK took part in the first phase of the research by completing an online survey.

Life Opportunties Survey

A major disability survey has been released identifying the most common barriers towards daily life...

The Life Opportunities Survey by the Office for National Statistics asked 18,000 people about eight key areas of life to identify the most common "social barriers" they face...

One of the biggest issues that emerged from the survey is the effect of "anxiety and lack of confidence" on daily and common activities.

The results state that 19 in 100 adults with impairments cite "anxiety and lack of confidence" as a barrier to employment whereas this drops to only 4 in 100 for adults without impairments… The comprehensive study also looks at differences between adults with impairments and those without in a variety of situations such as wiork, home life and financial situations such as loan repayment.

A Working Life For All Disabled People - The Supported Employment Framework for Scotland

A Working Life for All Disabled People: The Supported Employment Framework for Scotland: first published in February 2010.

To view the document please click the attachment below:-

Inspection of Services - Transition and Work

The Scottish Government asked inspection agencies to look at how well some areas were supporting people with a learning difficulty around transition, lifelong learning and work.
A team of people visited four areas to check up on how good services were for people. The team included people with a learning difficulty and family carers.

The team included people from: People First, Care Commission, Carers Scotland, HM Inspectorate of Education ( HMIE), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, The Quality Action Group, Social Work Inspection Agency, Scottish Consortium for Learning Disability.

To view the report that they wrote, please click on the attachment below. Chapter one of the report is an easy read version of what they found.

Getting Into Jobs and Getting On

In December 2010 the Department for Work and Pensions asked Liz Sayce to look at the support that is given to disabled people who want to work. This was called a review.
Liz Sayce is the Chief Executive of RADAR, which is a disability organisation.


This review was called the Sayce review.


The full report is attached below:-

Getting Into Jobs and Getting On - Easy Read

The easy read version of the Sayce Review is attached below:-

Fulfilling Potential

On 1 December 2011, the government announced a discussion with disabled people to gather suggestions for a new cross-government disability strategy.
The Government’s ambition is to enable disabled people to fulfil their potential and have opportunities to play a full role in society. To realise this ambition, we want to tackle barriers to realising aspirations and individual control, as well as change attitudes and behaviour towards disabled people.

This new strategy will build on previous discussions with disabled people, including the Independent Living Strategy, the Roadmap and the UK’s report to the UN on implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Disabled People.

ODI has worked with disability organisations to create a discussion document which is available to download below. This consultation has now closed.

Fulfilling Potential - Easy Read

To view the easy read version of this document, please click the attachment below:-

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