Work in social care Working as a Personal Assistant Personal Assistant JS1419 Job Title: Urgently Personal Assistants required in the area of Farnborough Job ref: JS1419 Pay: £8.50 to £9.30/h dependant on experience Working hours: 15:15 to 17:15 to work 3 out of 5 days, working days are: Tue, Wed, Thu (after school support & play) Additional hours are available during school holidays. Working days are: Tue, Wed, Thu Ideally between 9am and 12 for an average 3 hours per day, slightly depending on the activities A young and energetic family with 3 children is looking for the support to provide general support to our 9 year old son who has a Learning Disability/Autism, helping to achieve greater independence and safe access in the home and local community. We need an active, fun loving person who can assist us with general support to our son such as: assistance with meals, getting dressed and undressed, safe play in the house and outdoors. Please still apply, even if you can’t cover all of the listed hours, we will try to share the working hour across a small team if needed. Formal qualifications are not required, however, however some experience is supporting children with disability would be a benefit. We can facilitate training and where needed. Main duties To support when he gets dropped off at family home (care days Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday) and to assist him with undertaking out/ in indoor activities at home/local community. (play in the park, play ground, indoor soft play centre) Assist with the setting-up, running and clearing away of activities Assist in using public transport or assist with transport to and from activities by using the employee’s car – car owner and driver of benefit but not essential Be able to relate practically and emotionally to my son needs, he is very affectionate however can get very quickly distracted great safety awareness required To assist with preparing light meals/snacks and to supervise/assist him during meal times and with general hygiene e.g. after use of toilette, washing hands/face etc. General support such as: assistance with meals, getting dressed appropriately, safe play in the house and outdoors and to facilitate his development and skills improvement. To support our son when he gets dropped off at family home (core working days likely to be Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurs) school drop off is currently: 3:15pm To assist him with undertaking out/in indoor activities at home/local community. (play in the park, play ground, indoor soft play centre) To assist with the setting-up, running and clearing away of activities To assist in using public transport or assist with transport to and from activities by using the employee’s car – car owner and driver of benefit but not essential – mileage will be reimbursed at £0.42 p/m To assist with preparing light meals/snacks and to supervise/assist him during meal times To assist where required with general hygiene e.g. after use of toilette, washing hands/face etc. To practice routine where possible and to embed his special interests and likes when managing behavior and/or trying to motivate him To relate practically and emotionally to our son’s needs, he is very affectionate, loves cuddles and hugs, on the other hand can get very quickly distracted To assist in the area of one to one communication by using simple speech, body language and to facilitate speech development To ensure that any areas for activities, materials and equipment is suitability and safe To ensure that duties are carried out to the required level to ensure the health, safety and to display professional conduct is met at all times To carry out all duties in line with instruction given by the parents, relevant Policies and Procedures and in line with the child’s assessments, development plans and behaviour management strategies. To, under guidance from the parents, promote social skill/communication development through stimulating activities appropriate to age range and abilities and to include him in the decision process as much as possible. To provide focus, motivational support and build a trusting relationship To assist with problem solving by breaking tasks in smaller steps; explain and rephrase things to create a better understanding, explain and encourage appropriate behaviour in a calm, sensitive and supportive manner. To stimulate his’ interest in activities/ tasks and assist with focus by prompting; use simple language to discussing what he would like to do To respond to crises especially of a health nature by contacting GP and/or emergency services using contact numbers supplied by family members. To record all relevant information and perform all necessary administrative tasks with complete confidentiality To provide regular feed back and report concerns in any areas to the parents To report all accidents, near misses and incidents to the parents To provide first Aid were it becomes necessary ESSENTIAL QUALITIES AND SKILLS Good communication and organisational skills To be very patient, polite calm Empathy for children with Autism and their specific requirements and ability to relate sensitively to parents/carers Ability to respond sensitively to the needs of others and respects cultural and religious differences; communicate and act in a non-discriminatory manner. Good observation skills including the ability to interpret changes in body language and behaviour Active, fun loving and affectionate Ability to treat people with dignity and respect and to adopt a person-centred approach in encouraging and motivating participation with patience and clear explanation. Ability to stay focussed, use initiative and work well under pressure Ability to solve problems as they arise and to be creative in finding suitable solutions General experience of supporting children with Autism is an advantage (e.g. experienced gained as parent, in the Voluntary Sector, experience of Health/Education/Social Care roles) some Experience of managing challenging behaviour beneficial General knowledge of Autism and/or of special Education Needs beneficial About our son. He is a very trusting child which can make him very vulnerable. He is affectionate likes hugging, cuddling, likes holding hand when walking but also likes to be physical active. He enjoys running and playing outside, loves going on slides and swings. He loves playing with Lego blocks enjoys swimming, going on a bus ride/car ride and shopping is one of his favourite activities. When unwell/sick or having a temperature he will alert us by asking for medicine. However, he will not express pain well when hurt. He responds well when interacted with in a calm way and when it involves activities of his interest. When he is upset/frustrated/angry his has tendency to bit his for arms. Although this happens only occasionally. Being very hungry can have an effect on his behaviour. However, in general he eats well and likes to snack regularly. Safety in the house and outside is very important as he has a tendancancy to wonder when an opportunity is given, therefore good safety awareness is required. Our son requires very little support in regards to personal care. He can use the toilette and just needs a little help around general personal hygiene. It appears that he is fine with busy places as he likes soft play, shopping however he also benefits from quiet one to one quality time.