Skills for Care: Recruiting disabled people e-survey

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The electronic survey that Skills for Care would like people to fill out on their experience of recruiting disabled people.

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Skills for Care: Recruiting disabled people e-survey

  1. 1. Supporting the recruitment and retention of disabled peopleHow to complete the surveyTo ensure as many people as possible are able to contribute their opinions there are four possiblemethods for completing this survey.It is important that the views of a particular individual are only submitted once. However, organisationscan choose to use more than one method in order to offer as many members as possible the chanceto contribute. We hope this flexibility will enable as many people as possible to give their views andallow organisations to combine the completion of the survey with their wider objectives if required.The four methods are:Group single submissionThe group would jointly consider the questions and discuss an appropriate group score for eachquestion. One form would then be completed and a single tick entered in each appropriate box toreflect the joint view of the group.This method may be useful if the survey was being considered during a focus group or workshop. Itmay be appropriate for organisations who wish to combine the collection of data with wider social orpersonal development objectives, or who’s members need a high degree of support to complete thesurvey.Aggregated single submissionEither in a group or individually, networks consider the questions and give their individual score foreach. The answers would then be recorded for the entire group by entering the number of people whohave selected each response in the appropriate box. This method may be useful for organisations whowish to record and build on the information from individuals and the whole group for their own projects.Whilst only requiring a single submission, the responses could be gathered in a variety of ways.Group multiple submissionIndividuals are given a copy of the survey to complete and return to the organisation. The organisationthen returns all the surveys as a group submission. This method would allow organisations to gainknowledge of issues affecting their member group before submission without requiring them to collatedata. It may be of particular benefit to organisations wishing to enhance group cohesion where directcontact with members of the network is challenging.Individual submissionIndividuals are given the survey to complete and asked to submit it directly to the address provided.This method may be useful for organisations who have no direct interest in survey content but wish toenable members of their network to contribute for their wider benefit.Regardless of the method chosen you should submit your responses using the attached form.Responses can be emailed to projects@skillsforcare.org.uk. The deadline is Friday 30 March.If you wish to give out individual sheets you may either print the attached survey or request copies byemailing projects@skillsforcare.org.uk or calling 0113 245 1716. Printed copies should be returnedto FREEPOST RSJC-GGSE-SXCY, Recruiting disabled people project, Skills for Care, West Gate, 6Grace Street, Leeds LS1 2RP.
  2. 2. The surveyThank you for participating in this survey.Please select the method used for completing the survey:ƒƒ Group single (number participating........... ) ƒƒ Group multipleƒƒ Aggregated single ƒƒ Individual Skills for Care will treat all your responses as confidential and will not use them in any way which willallow individuals to be identified. However if you would like to be kept informed about this projectand receive information about other opportunities to contribute please fill in your contact details andindicate your preferred method of contact below.Name of individual or group: ..................................................................................................................................................................................................Address: .....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Telephone: .................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Email: .............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Preferred method of contact: .................................................................................................................................................................................................Nature of disability/impairment/condition:If you are making a group single submission or aggregated single submission please give an indicationof the range of disabilities within the group.Employment status - please tick all that applyIf you are completing the survey as a group single submission or aggregated single submission you donot need to complete this section unless you wish to do so. in adult social care in another sectorIn paid employment full timeIn paid employment part timeSelf-employed/contractorIn voluntary employment (either part or full time)Not currently workingLooking for paid workIntend to look for paid work in the future
  3. 3. Some people have told us about barriers disabled people seeking employment may face. We wouldlike to know how much these barriers would be likely to affect you if you were looking for work.Please consider each barrier and indicate how much you feel it would affect you by placing a tick inthe appropriate column. The columns are labelled 1-5 representing:1 = It would not affect me at all2 = It would have a small effect3 = It would have a moderate effect4 = It would have a big affect5 = It is likely to prevent me applying for, accepting or maintaining a jobIf you are making an aggregated single submission, please enter the total number of people whoselect each response under the relevant box.There are no right or wrong answers and we would ask you to be completely honest in yourresponse. If you would like to add comments, or tell us about other barriers you have experienced,please use the section at the end of this surveyBarriers 1 2 3 4 5Poor recruitment advertsExamples include: adverts that give insufficient information for you toassess your suitability, do not encourage disabled workers or fail tocommunicate employer’s willingness to consider individual needs.Poor recruitment information packsExamples include: packs that fail to address diversity issues by offeringavailability in different formats, give little/vague information or fail todifferentiate between desirable and necessary attributes and skills.Poor access to the work place and its facilitiesExamples include: no wheelchair access to building or work stations,unsuitable toilet and staff room arrangements, cluttered workenvironment which affects worker access.Transport difficultiesExamples include: workplace location is difficult to access by publictransport, no disabled parking available, support for work related travelwould be necessary.Unsuitable/inflexible start or finish timesExamples include: start and or finish times make it difficult to arrangesupport packages or manage health needs.
  4. 4. Barriers 1 2 3 4 5Unsuitable/inflexible shift lengthsExamples include: long shifts impacting on health, short shifts,meaning disproportionate travel and support needs.Difficulty in getting needs for assistive technology metExamples include: employer unwilling or unable to provide necessaryequipment, poor understanding of the technology available andconcerns about cost.Prejudiced or assumptive attitude of employerExamples include: employer is dismissive, makes negative orgeneralised statements about your disability, fails to explore yourcapabilities or ways you could be enabled.Poor understanding of disability rights and employmentlawExamples include: employers reluctant to employ disabled peoplebecause, they think they will not be able to sack them if they cannotdo the job, believe they will be obliged to provide a disproportionateamount of adaptations and specialised equipment or must offer thedisabled person preferential treatment.Lack of suitable training and development opportunitiesofferedExamples include: training and development opportunities offered arenot suitable for persons with your level of experience, the design of thetraining means it does not meet your disability needs or is difficult foryou to access.Poor support and supervision programmeExamples include: no programme of support and supervision,programme is minimal or inflexible and does not allow for individualneeds to be met.No supported induction offeredExamples include: induction programme is none existent or does notoffer sufficient support for your needs, no mentor is offered for yourinduction period, no option for gradual uptake of responsibilities isoffered.
  5. 5. Barriers 1 2 3 4 5Poor employer awareness of funding and supportsystems available to help disabled people into workExamples include: employer is unaware of or has poor understandingof permitted earnings or access to work schemes, appears dauntedby the prospect of meeting your needs, is unable to signpost you toother avenues of help and support.Poor employer understanding of impact of disability oneducation and employment issuesExamples include; employer requires qualifications which may nothave been possible for people to attain in specialist educationalsettings, fails to recognise and value experiential knowledgeand/or voluntary work experience, does not allow for potentiallack of interviewing skills of those new to the labour market.Any additional comments?Please return completed forms to projects@skillsforcare.org.uk or FREEPOST RSJC-GGSE-SXCY, Recruiting disabled people project, Skills for Care, West Gate, 6 GraceStreet, Leeds LS1 2RP by Friday 30 March 2012.

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