Location: Lancing / Hourly rate: £9-10 / Reference: DP5124

Summary

Fun and creative Personal Care Assistant required to work with a bright, lively eleven year old boy with Cerebral Palsy.  The work will include after school care and leisure activities at the weekend. Experience of working with disabled children required.  You must like exercise, and be physically active, strong, patient, calm and flexible.  Own car and clean driving licence essential.  This is a great opportunity to help a young boy develop his independence and social skills.  

Hours/Shifts

6 Hours per week

After school and some weekends

Hours to be discussed at interview.

Starting date - January 

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:

Reporting to:  The child’s father who is the employer

About the child

He is a bright, lively, happy eleven year old boy with Cerebral Palsy with some social and communication difficulties.   He lives with his father.   He can walk independently over small distances and longer with support, e.g. being held by the hand.  He is emotionally young for his age and demanding of attention.  He enjoys swimming, trips to the park, cooking, reading, role playing, playing on his xbox and watching CBBC!

Nature of the work:

To enable the child to develop independence, have fun, do physical activities to build up strength.  To provide some respite for the child’s father so he can have a break from his caring responsibilities.   

Typical duties

  • Assistance with toileting
  • Taking child out at weekends e.g. swimming, trips to the park, in own car
  • Monitoring and keeping child safe when out and about
  • Assistance to get changed in swimming pool
  • Evening/overnight shifts may be available in future which would involve getting child ready for bed and getting him up in the morning, including help with washing, dressing and preparing breakfast.  

Person specification

The successful applicant will be: 

  • Experience of working with children with disabilities
  • Ability to swim would be useful
  • Physically active and strong
  • Patient and calm
  • Good at establishing boundaries with children
  • Fun and creative
  • Own car and clean driving licence
  • Respectful of the employer’s privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good time-keeping
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Patience and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Honest and cheerful
  • 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.