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Valuing Employment Now. Thursday 10 th September 2009. Real jobs for people with learning disabilities. Anne Williams National Director for Learning Disabilities Department of Health. Valuing Employment Now - The big messages.

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Valuing employment now

Valuing Employment Now

Thursday 10th September 2009

Real jobs for people with learning disabilities

Anne Williams

National Director for Learning Disabilities

Department of Health


Valuing employment now the big messages

Valuing Employment Now -The big messages

  • People with learning disabilities have missed out on the progress that has been made for other disabled people

  • People should assume from a young age that they will get a job one day. Work shouldn’t be optional

  • ‘Work’ means real, paid jobs that meet genuine employer need, or self employment, and full time if possible


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Valuing Employment Now -The big messages

  • People with profound and complex disabilities should not be excluded from work

  • We need to use existing money differently

  • We need to raise expectations and create culture change

  • We need strong leadership to carry this work forward


Valuing employment now the goal

Valuing Employment Now -The Goal

  • We want to increase radically the number of people with moderate and severe learning disabilities in employment by 2025

  • As many people as possible should be working 16 hours a week

  • We want to ‘close the gap’

  • This means 45,000 more people in work in England by 2025


Valuing employment now what needs to happen

Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

  • Changing attitudes

  • Promote the fact that people can work and have a right to work

  • Parental awareness campaign

  • Workforce training

  • Demonstration sites

  • Promoting best practice

  • Public sector to employ people with learning disabilities


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Valuing Employment Now-What needs to happen?

Joint working for individual employment paths

  • Strong partnership working

  • Services and support brought together around the individual

  • Funding supports used creatively

  • Transition plans promote employment

  • Local Authorities ensure that college courses lead to job outcomes

  • Local Authorities commission supported employment


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Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

Work preparation at school and college

  • Work experience at school to be strongly promoted

  • OFSTED review to consider changes to the curriculum and assessment process

  • Internships to provide entry to Apprenticeships

  • Job coaches to be funded under the Foundation Learning Tier


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Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Personal budgets and social care

  • DH to issue guidance to social care services on person centred planning for employment

  • Support broker sites will demonstrate how personal budgets can be used for work

  • Day centre resources can be released to pay for supported employment


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Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

More high quality job coaching

  • Quality standards for job coaching to be published 2009

  • Strategy to grow the workforce of job coaches in 2010

  • Access to Work will support work trials

  • DWP’s new disability employment programme to deliver for people with learning disabilities


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Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Clearing up confusion about benefits

  • Accessible benefits communication campaign

  • Jobcentre Plus advisers to promote in-work incentives

  • Continual review of barriers to work in the benefits system


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Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

Promoting self employment

  • Lessons from the East Midlands Development Agency to be shared through the Regional Development Agencies

  • Valuing People regional leads to promote self-employment advice and training


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Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Promoting the business case

  • DWP to offer 400 employment opportunites

  • DH, Cabinet Office and DCSF to recruit people

  • Guidance for government departments on how to target people with learning disabilities

  • All public bodies to become exemplar employers


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Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Transport to get to work

  • Travel training to be accredited through the FLT

  • Best practice in travel training to be published

  • National Forum to be consulted on Department for Transport policies

  • Partnership Boards to review support available locally


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Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Where people live

  • Residential care charges to be reviewed

  • Public consultation on housing benefit reforms July 2009

  • Strategies to reduce use of residential care to consider employment implications


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Valuing Employment Now –What needs to happen?

Including everyone

  • Demonstration site at Kent University for people with complex needs

  • Screening tool for offenders with learning disabilities

  • Involvement of NAGLDE


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Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

People and families leading the way

  • Partners in Policy Making

  • Family Led Jobs

  • Supporting carers back to work

  • National Delivery Team posts for a carer and self advocate


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Valuing Employment Now – What needs to happen?

Better information and checking progress

  • Targets and milestones to be set in 2010

  • Research on ‘enablers’ such as work experience at school

  • LDPBs and Regional Boards to set targets in 2010


Valuing employment now the delivery plan

Valuing Employment Now – The delivery plan

  • Cross – government National delivery team based in Office of National Director in DH

  • LDPBs will oversee and monitor local delivery

  • Deputy Regional Directors and Valuing People programme leads will develop regional targets and make sure there is capacity to implement Valuing Employment Now


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