DWP and CIPD launch new Disability Confident guide

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Aiming to help them recruit, retain and foster the progression of disabled people and those with health conditions in the workplace, a new Disability Confident guide for managers has been produced by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

The aim of Recruiting, Managing and Developing Disabled People: a Practical Guide for Managers is to ensure that employers and employees get the most from the Disability Confident scheme in order to boost disability employment and reduce the disability employment gap.

To gain Disability Confident status, members must commit to changing behaviour and cultures in their own businesses, networks, and communities, and taking the lead on inclusive recruitment practices. As of 31 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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Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Mims Davies, 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.”

Some of the guidance includes advertising jobs on channels that specifically reach disabled people and implementing reasonable adjustments in the workplace such as flexible working and arranging one-to-one mentoring support.

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