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What is a support worker? 

Support workers are a vital part of the staffing structure at Lothian Autistic Society. They provide direct support for the young people who use our services. A support worker is a fun, enthusiastic individual who wants to make a difference in young people’s lives; someone who is able to be motivated in a fast moving, energetic environment.  A support worker is willing to get involved in the things that our young people are interested in.

We have sessional support staff working in our Basecamps, Saturday Clubs and Playschemes across the Lothians.

What is involved in being a support worker?

A support worker will be paired with a young person either 1:1 or in a group setting. It is a support worker’s responsibility to establish supportive relationships and ensure that the young person is safe at all times.

A support worker will actively engage with the young people to help them participate in a variety of activities including trips in the local community. As a positive role model, a support worker will encourage and support the formation of friendships among the young people attending our services.  A support worker will help encourage the development of social and communication skills by engaging in play.


What essential skills do we look for in a Support Worker?

  • Previous experience of working with children
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Have a willingness to work flexibly.
  • Have the ability to remain calm in challenging situations.
  • Must be able to become members of the PVG scheme.

What training will be provided?

A full training programme tailored to the needs of the service will be provided. This will include child protection and autism awareness.

Sessional Staff have a requirement to register with the SSSC, in line with the Scottish Social Services Council timelines and comply with the code of practice. More information can be found on the SSSC website here.

How Can I get involved?

Our vacancies will be posted on our website, Facebook and Twitter pages. If there are any positions you would like to apply for, simply contact Maria Smith, Care & Support Manager, on for an application pack.