Social Care Assistant

Social Care Assistants provide practical help with daily activities to people with a learning disability. As a Social Care Assistant, you could work with Service Users in a variety of settings, such as their homes, in day centres or the wider community.
Social Care Assistants work across all services and roster times can include day, evening, night duty and weekend, together with Sleep In – depending on the position being filled.
Your work would vary depending on the type of setting, examples include: 
  • Supporting and enabling service users to achieve their full potential and to maximize community inclusion and participation.
  • Undertaking the role of named staff by co-ordinating in a responsive and flexible manner individual plans to meet the needs of service users in line with their priorities and preferences.
  • Maintaining and developing individual plans as required.  Ensuring the Line Manager is appraised of progress and engaged when necessary to seek solutions.
  • Working  to seek solutions to issues by negotiation and engagement with relevant stakeholders.
  • Contributing to and participating in the local service planning process and the creative development and ongoing changing needs of the service.
  • Providing personal care and support to service users where required.
  • Ensuring  a safe place of work, incorporating Western Care Association’s Dignity at Work Policy and Health & Safety requirement.
  • Using positive approaches to support people who may have challenging behaviour in line with Organisational practice.   
  • Participating in all aspects relating to the day to day operation of the service, including leisure activities, driving transport, escort duties, general cleaning and upkeep of the service.
  • Assisting in monitoring good budgetary practice /awareness.
  • Maintaining the required records and reports consistent with organsiational requirements and Freedom of Information. 
What qualifications and experience do I need ?
You do not need any academic qualifications to start work as a Social Care Assistant. It would however be beneficial if you have experience in a caring role or working with people who have a learning disability.