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Disability policy

We foster and encourage equality for anyone with a disability, across all departments and agencies.

Once an applicant has successfully passed the interview and joined the Civil Service, we will make any further reasonable adjustments to help them in their day-to-day work.

We offer training for all employees, which takes account of individual needs, and provide awareness training for employees to increase their understanding of the issues disabled colleagues face.

We encourage all employees to declare whether they have a disability or not, and store and use that information confidentially to monitor the representation of disabled people in our workforce.

Last updated - 9th December 2008

The Civil Service is committed to giving all disabled employees the support they need to work effectively and comfortably, and to their full potential.

Recruitment

We recruit through fair and open competition - ensuring that all disabled applicants receive a guaranteed interview if they meet the minimum criteria for any advertised post. We also consult with applicants before interview and make any reasonable adjustments for the interview/selection process.

We have introduced recruitment guidance to provide departments with practical advice on recruiting people with disabilities.

Summary of actions

Departmental actions on disability equality are set out in individual disability equality schemes which are available on all departmental websites. You can access all departments' schemes through the Directgov website.

Benchmarking equality

Many departments and agencies also assess their progress on disability equality actions by using a benchmarking tool that Employers Forum on Disability (EFD) offers its members. EFD is an organisation for employers who are committed to creating an inclusive workplace for disabled people.

Disability guidance

Guidance for managers and employees on disability issues, including useful links.


Summer placement scheme

The Summer Placement Scheme is a six to eight week work placement that runs in July and August. It's for graduates and undergraduates with disabilities wanting to experience working in the Fast Stream.

The Scheme aims to introduce trainees to the interesting and varied challenges of life in the UK Civil Service, to encourage them to apply for the Fast Stream.

Trainees are placed in a range of government departments and undertake the type of work that Fast Streamers do. They get a good idea of what people on the scheme are expected to do, and develop the skills and abilities required.


Useful links

Below you can find links to organisations that support disabled people.

Summer placement scheme

The Summer Placement Scheme is a six to eight week work placement that runs in July and August. It's for graduates and undergraduates with disabilities wanting to experience working in the Fast Stream.

The Scheme aims to introduce trainees to the interesting and varied challenges of life in the UK Civil Service, to encourage them to apply for the Fast Stream.

Trainees are placed in a range of government departments and undertake the type of work that Fast Streamers do. They get a good idea of what people on the scheme are expected to do, and develop the skills and abilities required.