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Government publishes guide to boost disabled people’s prospects at work

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The Department for Work and Pensions [DWP] and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development [CIPD] have published a new Disability Confident guide for managers providing advice and information employing disabled members of staff.

Its aim is to ensure employers and employees receive the most out of the government's Disability Confident scheme.

Information included in the guide advises how to advertise roles on channels specifically aimed at disabled people and introducing reasonable adjustments such as one-to-one mentoring and flexible working hours.

Minister for Disabled People, Health & Work, Mims Davies MP, said: “We want to help everyone realise their potential and it’s fantastic to have helped over a million more disabled people into work, hitting that target five years early – but we’re not stopping there.

“This new guidance is a really useful tool for managers that will support even more people to progress – whatever their condition and whatever their profession.

“It’s just the latest step in our mission to ensure the UK is the most accessible place in the world for disabled people to live, work and thrive.”

Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, said: “Too often, people with disabilities or long-term health conditions face prejudice or cannot access the support they need to help them reach their potential or remain in work. That is a loss of significant workforce capacity and skills.

“That’s why Disability Confident and the CIPD have worked in partnership to update this guide, which aims to support managers and anyone who leads another individual or team, in the recruitment, management and development of people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.”

To be awarded Disability Confident status, businesses must aspire to change behaviour and cultures within their workplace, networks and communities taking lead on inclusive recruitment practices.

Kate Headley, Executive Director at the Clear Company, said: “As a founder partner of the Disability Confident Scheme, I am delighted to have supported the development of this revised guidance which I believe can resolve the nervousness managers have about employing disabled people.

“As a Government Disability & Access Ambassador and the Chair of Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative, I am aware of the support managers seek.

“This guidance does not ask them to become experts; instead, it provides an opportunity for us all to confidently, successfully employ disabled people who can and who want to work.”

The government’s £2.5 billion Back to Work plan supports disabled people wishing to find employment as part of its Disability Confident scheme.

[ As of 31st January 2024, there were over 19,000 members of the Disability Confident scheme across the UK with an estimated 11.5 million paid employees working in their organisations. ]

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