We are looking for a personal assistant to help care for our 10 year old son. Tom has SEN including autism and epilepsy. He is mobile but needs constant help and supervision. Tom is not able to walk for any distance as he tires easily, so he uses a wheelchair when he is out and about.
The successful candidate will need to be patient, experienced and preferably trained in moving and handling, although training can be provided for the right candidate. Tom is non verbal so an appreciation of PECS and Makaton would be ideal - again training can be provided.
Hours / Times of Work
Mondays 3.30-6 term time and all day holidays
4 hrs a week (Monday & Wednesday 16.00-18.00) in school term time and for two days each week during school holidays (Monday & Wednesday 9.00-16.00).
Rates of Pay and other Benefits
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Tom has no verbal skills, so there is a need to be able to use sign language. He has no concept of risk or danger which requires very high levels of support and supervision. Now that he is more mobile this means that we have to be constantly on guard.
Your role will be to support us (the parents) and so enabling us to get some respite from our support responsibilities for us to spend quality time with other members of our family.
It is IMPORTANT that you meet ALL the Essential Requirements BEFORE you apply for the job.
Car driver with clean license and Business insurance.
Ok with animals- we have a family dog
Patient and trustworthy
Enthusiastic and self motivated
Experience with Autism
Makaton and PEC trained
First aid trained
Moving and handling trained
The jobs is advertised on an employed basis (i.e. it is not relevant for self-employment). Successful applicants will be required to provide a P45 or complete a P46 which will be forwarded to HM Revenue and Customs to ensure that appropriate tax and national Insurance deductions can be made.
You must be legally entitled to work in the UK. This will be checked as part of the application process.
The job requires people who have of a good degree common sense and initiative. It is essential that you are able to respect confidentiality. As part of the work you will inevitably get to know a lot of personal information about the person you are supporting. It is essential, and a specific requirement of the job, that you respect people's confidentiality at all times.
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