Disability Confident employer scheme

The Government's Disability Confident scheme is an initiative which shows employers how to commit to recruiting, retaining and developing disabled people. 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.

Achieving Level 3 ‘Leader’ accreditation with Business Disability Forum

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. 

At Business Disability Forum, we believe that in order to become disability smart, a business must implement a ‘whole organisation’ approach to its disability and diversity strategy. This means no area of a business should develop in isolation of its wider strategic support and planning.

Therefore, as part of a validation with Business Disability Forum, you will receive the following:

  • feedback on both your Level 2 self-assessment and your Level 3 leadership statement of activities;
  • receive wider recommendations for your organisation based on the evidence you provide; and
  • a one hour phone call with one of our Advisers to go through the validation, giving you the opportunity to ask questions on the recommendations we have made and advice on next steps.


Validations are free to Business Disability Forum Members and Partners. There is a fee for non-members for this service which is dependent on the size and scope of the project and begins at £1,500. This fee reflects the time it takes our Advisers to validate submissions. 

More information and to arrange a validation

Please contact Business Disability Forum’s Advice Service on advice@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk or 020 7403 3020.