Personal Assistant (PA)

Ref: VC7670

Location: Worthing


I am looking for personal care for a Child

Drivers licence required:

Hours per week:

4 hours a week, to be worked either on a Saturday afternoon or during the day on a Sunday – exact hours negotiable

Hourly pay rate:

£9.50, rising in April 2023 to £10.42 plus 40p per mile if using your own car

I am a busy Mum looking for a kind and caring PA to take my 9-year-old Son with Downs Syndrome out socially.

He likes going Swimming, to Soft Play, the park, the library and down the Beach and these are the type of outings you will take him on.

Support with his personal care will be required but most importantly you will make sure he has lots of fun whilst always ensuring his safety (as he has limited road sense and awareness of danger.)

This will be an enjoyable and rewarding role.  You should be patient and understanding of his needs but have a good sense of fun and adventure and be active enough to keep up with him.  You will need to set good boundaries and be firm when necessary.

Duties include:

  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Companionship
  • Dressing / undressing
  • Bathroom assistance

  • Help to open snack packets/drinks bottles
  • Assist with toileting (minimal)
  • Help to pull up/down pull-up nappies
  • Change pull-up nappies
  • Help with hand and face washing/drying
  • Accompany child when accessing social and leisure activities, including Swimming, Soft play, the library, park and beach, Garden centres, Restaurants such as McDonalds etc.
  • Ensure child’s safety at all times
  • Be aware of surroundings at all times and prepared to take quick action should child suddenly run off, taking particular care near roads
  • Effectively communicate with child to understand his needs at all times
  • Be prepared to walk child on reins and ensure these are secured properly
  • Occasionally push child in pushchair
  • Lift pushchair in/out of car or onto the bus
  • Assist with getting child in/out of car and putting seat belt on
  • Apply safety locks on car doors
  • Assist with getting onto the bus
  • Book onto activities, pay entrance fees (the cost of which will be covered)
  • Order drinks and snacks at activities
  • Have patience/empathy when leaving activities as sometimes child gets upset about this

Candidate qualities:

  • Respectful of the employer's privacy and confidentiality
  • Reliable with good timekeeping
  • Able to both follow instructions and work on own initiative
  • Hygienic, tidy and well organised
  • Fit and healthy to undertake the required duties
  • Patient and possess excellent interpersonal skills
  • Honest and cheerful
  • Creative
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • Experience of working with children with disabilities and knowledge of Makaton desirable but not essential as fully training will be provided.
  • Driver desirable but not essential as my Son is used to using the Bus

Additional requirements

Non-smoker preferred or someone willing to refrain from smoking during working hours


All applicants must have the right to work in the UK and be willing to undertake an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service check if required.

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. Successful applicants will be entitled to Holiday pay and will be issued employment contracts.

*Exemption for gender is claimed under the Equality Act 2010 Part 1 Schedule 9