Disability and Mental Health: New government framework on Voluntary Reporting has been published

On 22 November 2018, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health and Social Care published Voluntary Reporting on Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing, a framework developed with large employers and experts to support employers to report voluntarily on disability, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. It is part of the DWP’s drive to increase workplace transparency and its ten-year vision for reforming the relationship between work and health. This framework is a result of a recommendation from the Thriving at work: the Stevenson/Farmer review of mental health and employers.

Whilst the framework is aimed at large employers with over 250 employees there is nothing to stop smaller employers using it. It recommends that employers produce a narrative explaining the action they have taken to recruit and retain disabled employees and to support the mental health and wellbeing of their employees. It is hoped that by becoming more transparent with the use of recording and reporting information on disability, mental health and wellbeing, it may help improve employee engagement and retention, thus improving performance and productivity, better understand employees, access a wider pool of talent and skills through promoting inclusive and disability-friendly recruitment, retention and progression policies, better serve and connect with disabled customers and communities, which in turn helps capitalise on spending power, among other things.

Published: 14 December 2018

Article Sections: Employment Guides | Discrimination | Miscellaneous | Sickness

Tags: disability, mental health, voluntary reporting

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