Job Title: Support Worker/Personal Care Assistant
Location: Worthing
Hourly rate: £11.50
Reference: DP6564
Hours/shifts: 8 hours on one weekend per month, either a Saturday or Sunday. Plus an additional 6 hours per week during school holidays which can be flexible and also worked on a weekend. Please note the child goes to an East Sussex school so school holiday dates may differ from West Sussex.

• Support Worker required for a 10 year old boy with Autism, PDA (pathological demand avoidance), ADHD tic disorder and hypermobility.
• He is bright, articulate and funny and has a very good memory.
• He has difficulty with social skills, sensory processing and can display anxieties and challenging behaviour.
• He loves football, going to the woods and building dens, junk modelling and role play. Enjoys arts and crafts. He loves animals, being active, swimming and going to the beach.
• Activities will include supporting him with social/leisure activities in the community, interacting/making friends with other children. Support with activities in the home will be required occasionally.
• Some support with personal care required e.g. toileting, washing, getting dressed, undressed.
• Experience of working with children with SEN and PDA is essential.
• You should be bubbly and enthusiastic.
• You should also be patient, understanding and be able to calm/reassure and keep him safe and supervised at all times.
• We have a dog so you should be comfortable with animals.
• Driver with own car desirable.
• You will report directly to the child’s mother who is the employer.

Other Requirements

• Must be comfortable with pets
• Non-smoker preferred or someone who is willing to refrain from smoking during work
• Access to own vehicle is desirable

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.

Typical duties

Domestic - 
Tidying up after activities if working in the child’s home.

Personal Care:
Assistance with washing/showering
Assistance with dressing/undressing
Assistance with toileting, washing hands etc.

• Support child to access social/leisure activities in the community e.g. playing football, going to beach, swimming, going to the woods and building dens and other outdoor activities.
• Enable him to develop social skills and interact with other children.
• Support with social activities at home may be required occasionally.
• Keep him safe and supervised at all times as he has no road safety awareness.

Person specification
The successful applicant will be: 
• Experienced with working with children with SEN, Autism and PDA (pathological demand avoidance)
• Driver with own car is desirable
• Bubbly and enthusiastic
• Able to calm, reassure and deal with child’s anxieties
• Able to keep the child safe and supervised at all times
• 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
• Patient and understanding
• Honest and trustworthy
• Creative
• Be comfortable around dogs
• 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
• Be a non-smoker or willing to refrain from smoking at work
Please note, if you are successful in your application for this position you will be employed directly by the individual employer and not Independent Lives