Location: Doucecroft School, Eight Ash Green, Colchester

Salary: Band A at £7.75 per hour.

Hours: Part time – 57.5 hours over a two weeks based on working an eight week rolling shift pattern. This is a part time 52 week flexible working contract to include covering some weekends on a Rota basis to be agreed two weeks in advance. During school holiday periods when the school provision is slightly different, flexibility to work day and evening shifts would be expected to work in accordance with a slightly adjusted rota.

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Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft School is a small independent special school which provides education and care for children and young people with autistic spectrum condition. This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a well-established charity that provides ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

You will be a flexible, positive, energetic and enthusiastic individual who will work as part of a team and your main duties will include:

  • Supporting students with ASC whilst encouraging and developing the individual’s life skills.
  • Ensuring safety and well-being and the quality of support given meets the identified needs of the individual student.
  • To provide a high quality of care and contribute to the smooth and safe running of the residential setting.
  • To support students during intimate care.
  • Following and implementing school policies and procedures and making sure accurate records and documentation is maintained.
  • To ensure a high standard of housekeeping is maintained including monitoring and maintaining resources, organising laundry and keeping the house clean and tidy.


  • Level 3 Diploma children and young people or working towards the qualification - essential
  • Experience and knowledge of working in residential care - essential
  • Experience with emotionally and physically challenging situations and behaviours - essential
  • Good communication skills - essential

It is desirable that the post holder should have a full driving licence.

Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check as well as requiring a signed declaration of ‘disqualification by association’ for anyone who lives or works in your household.

To apply for this job please use the links below to download the application form and associated documents.  Please complete and return to us at [email protected].  You will need to refer to the Application Guidance Notes, Job Description, and Person Specification document while completing the Application Form. Please note that the Application Form includes the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and the Disclosure of Criminal Convictions Form. If you would prefer to receive an application pack by post, please contact Doucecroft School Office on 01206 771234.

Informal visits to the school are encouraged.  Please contact Mandy Spragge, Care Manager or Jackie Austin, Deputy Care Manager by telephone 01206 771234

Closing date for applications: Monday 29th January 2018.

If no response is received within 3 weeks of the closing date, please assume your application has been unsuccessful. You are welcome to apply again for other positions.

Job Description And Person Specification

Application Form

Guidance Notes