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Portsmouth, UK

Job Type

Support Worker

About the Role

All Appletree Staff are required to be fully vaccinated including Covid 19 and boosters.

Learning Disability, Autism and Buddy Support Worker

This role involves supporting children and young adults with physical and learning disabilities and their families within the home . Working to an individualised support plan, the purpose of this position is to support Appletree’s clients in accessing activities within the community or at home, providing personal care support and ensuring the children and young adults have a secure and happy childhood and are kept safe from harm.

Support duties will therefore include assisting the service user with a variety of duties, and in doing so the Learning Disability, Autism and Buddy Support Worker will observe the following:

Key Responsibilities:

∙ To be a committed member of the Appletree team.
∙ Know and adhere to all company policies and procedures
∙ Know and adhere to the company’s mission statement and equal opportunities
∙ Adhere to all legal/contractual requirements
∙ Enable service users to maintain and improve their development opportunities and well being
∙ Enable service users to maintain, develop and utilise a range of external relationships
∙ Promote morale, motivation and team working
∙ Achieve high standards of performance and conduct
∙ Contribute to the training and development of oneself and the team
∙ To offer reliability and consistency to all the children and young people you work with
∙ To be sensitive to the changing needs of children and families
∙ To work with children with a variety of care needs in their own homes, providing personal care, ensuring that physical and emotional needs are met
∙ To support children by providing transport or escorting them in transport
∙ To effectively deal with emergencies if they arise
∙ To follow care plans and risk assessments
∙ To record a daily log at the end of each shift
∙ To ensure punctuality and professionalism
∙ To report any concerns through correct management channels and communicate effectively


∙ Observe confidentiality
∙ Honesty
∙ Punctuality
∙ Reliability
∙ Respect for race, gender, religious beliefs, culture and status
∙ Good communication and listening skills
∙ Ability to lone work and work as part of a team
∙ Ability to organise work priorities
∙ Keep accurate records
∙ Ability to identify own limitations and ask for advice
∙ Experience of working with children in any setting
∙ Recognition of children’s developmental needs
∙ Experience of working with disabled children
∙ Qualifications related to child care
∙ Training related to child care
∙ Training related to disability
∙ Training related to child health care
∙ Have problem solving abilities
∙ Be Flexible and Organise
∙ Have interpersonal Skills

Key Functions:

∙ To be assertive and observe health care changes
∙ Understand the clinical needs of the client and provide appropriate care in line with the care plan
∙You may need to provide personal care, manual handling and administer medication

Benefits of working with Appletree:

∙ Full in-house and online training will be provided prior to you starting work
∙ Refresher training provided
∙ DBS provided
∙ Care Certificate
∙ Pension scheme
∙ Blue light discount card
∙ Variable and flexible hours
∙ Upskilling opportunities
∙ Wellbeing Support
∙ £50 finders fee if you refer someone to work with Appletree (payment made if they pass probation)


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