Personal Assistant/Support Worker LR6493 Location: Copthorne / Hourly rate: £9.50 / Reference: LR6493 Summary PA/Support Worker required to support my year old son who has autism, and some mobility issues. Duties include some personal care, and engaging my son in various activities in the community that he enjoys and keeping him safe. Experience of dealing with children with autism is essential, along with the ability to use visuals, Makaton signing, team teach restraint, driving licence and own car. Applications considered on a job share basis. Hours/Shifts 5 hours every other weekend either Saturday or Sunday Plus 8 hours pw in the school holidays Other Requirements Must have a UK driving licence Must have access to own vehicle All applicants must be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts. Description About the employer: I am a mother to my 7 year old son who has autism and some mobility issues. He is a happy boy with a great sense of humour who loves routine and familiarity. He loves trains, swimming and theme parks Nature of the work: I am looking for a kind and patient PA to engage my son in activities he enjoys in the community, whilst keeping him safe. Experience of dealing with children with autism is essential, along with the ability to use visuals, Makaton signing, team teach restraint, driving licence and own car. Typical duties Personal Care: Supervise my son when he uses the toilet and assist with wiping or nappy change if appropriate. Ensure he and his environment are clean and hygienic eg hand washing. Helping my son to get dressed and undressed when needed eg when going swimming Mealtimes my son will need to be spoon-fed. Social: Accompanying my son when accessing social and leisure activities, including swimming and trips to theme parks and other activities he enjoys. Keeping my son safe and to be aware that he can be unpredictable. Encourage my son to leave the house and promote independence. On occasion engaging my son in activities at home. Person specification The successful applicant will be: Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality Reliable with good time-keeping Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative Hygienic, tidy minded and well organised Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills Honest and cheerful Creative Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard Legally permitted to work in the United Kingdom Able to work at all times to high standards of Health & Safety Previous experience preferred but this is not as essential as a kind and common sense approach to these roles.