Personal Assistant/Support worker

Ref: NDS7291

Location: Worthing


I am looking for personal care for a Child

Drivers licence required: No

Hours per week:

6 hours per week term time (Saturdays preferable), 12 hours per week in the school holidays (Days and times can be negotiable).

Hourly pay rate:

£11 per hour, mileage expenses will be paid

My son is 12 years old, and he has Autism.   He loves routine and to know what is happening and responds well to someone who shows patience and engages with him.

I am looking for someone who is happy, smiley and calm to participate in social and leisure activities with him. He loves going to places such as Harbour Park, swimming and playing golf, but it would be great to have someone who can take him out to explore new places too. Having a car to take him out would be ideal but this is not essential as public transport could be used.

It would be beneficial to have experience of Autism, but this is not as important as you getting to his needs, what things are important to him and what makes him tick.

My son can show challenging behaviours when routines change, or things are not as he had expected them to be. He becomes distressed and upset. The role will involve you getting to know his triggers and how to react to him in these situations.

Duties include:

  • Other relevant duties as required
  • Transportation
  • Companionship

  • Identify potential trigger points for challenging behaviour when out and acting accordingly. Training will be provided to know what works best.
  • Reminding my son to wash and dry hands when out.

Candidate qualities:

  • Respectful of the employer's privacy and confidentiality
  • 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
  • Able to speak and read English to a reasonable standard
  • Able to always work to high standards of health & safety

  • Consistently reliable with excellent timekeeping, because routine is important
  • Honest and smiley, creative

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