Disability Confident in North Somerset

Disability Confident in North Somerset

Whether an employee has become disabled during their working life, or you’re looking for new recruits, being Disability Confident can help your people fulfil their potential and contribute fully to your team’s success.

The commitments of the scheme include:

• Challenging attitudes towards disability.

• Increasing understanding of disability.

• Removing barriers for disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment.

• Ensuring that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

The council is already a Disability Confident Employer, and is progressing to the next step; becoming a Disability Confident Leader, the actions we have taken include:

• Ensuring our job application process is fully accessible.

• Guaranteeing an interview to all disabled people who meet the essential criteria for an advertised job role.

• Ensuring that reasonable adjustments are made for disabled staff when they start work.

• Providing support for disabled staff, including making use of our Health and Safety Team, dedicated ICT service, Occupational Health, Disability Leave Scheme, Access to Work and Fit for Work service.

• Providing a forum for Disabled Staff to raise and resolve any concerns

If you would like more information about the council’s approach to the scheme or would like some help and advice on the actions you need to take please contact Louise Roberts, Equality and Diversity Manager - louise.roberts@n-somerset.gov.uk or Paul Lucock, Principal Economic Development Officer - paul.lucock@n-somerset.gov.uk

More information about the scheme and how to sign up can be found on the DWP website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/disability-confident-how-to-sign-up-to-the-employer-scheme