Disability Confident employer scheme

The Government's Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.

Through Disability Confident, the Government aims to work with employers in the UK to:

  • challenge attitudes towards disability;
  • increase understanding of disability;
  • remove barriers to disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment; and
  • ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

The Disability Confident employer scheme has three levels. Organisations must complete each level before moving onto the next. Click here to read more about the three levels of the scheme.

To complete Level 3 and achieve Disability Confident leader status, organisations need to complete a self-assessment, which must then be externally validated by an approved organisation. 

BDF Members and Partners receive a free level-three validation as a benefit of membership. This includes:

  • A validation document, as required by Department for Work and Pensions and additional commentary on best practice
  • A one-hour consultative phone call covering improvements, policy/practice gaps
  • Recommendations to help inform your organisations action plan moving forward

To book in a validation or for more information, please contact our Consultancy team via email to advice@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk, or call 020-7403-3020.