Location:        Doucecroft School, Eight Ash Green, Colchester 

Salary:           Up to £21,500 – dependent on qualifications and experience

Hours:            Full-time 35 hours per week, term time only

Job ref:           D219 

Autism Anglia’s Doucecroft School 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 who provide to their staff ongoing training and supervision, continuing professional development and support as well as an extensive induction on commencement of employment.

Your main duties will include:

You will work with children and young adults who have a diagnosis of autism and possibly a co-existing mental health problem or learning difficulty. 

Day-to-day duties will include:

  • Working with the therapist.
  • Working with clients on a one-to-one basis.
  • Group work and activities.
  • Preparing therapy rooms and equipment. 

You will need:

  • A caring and understanding approach
  • Excellent communication skills, and the ability to explain interventions or strategies people with autism and/or their carers.
  • Empathy and the ability to gain the trust and confidence of people with autism.
  • The ability to work under the supervision of the Speech and Language Therapist, as part of a team and also autonomously.
  • Organisational skills.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • 4 or 5 GCSEs (A* to C)
  • Voluntary or paid experience of working with children with Autism, mental health, or learning difficulties.
  • Experience of communicative strategies and working alongside a Speech and Language Therapist would be desirable.

It is desirable that the successful applicant holds a full driving license.

Working for us gives you access to a range of perks and benefits:

  • Extensive Induction and Learning & Development programmes
  • Job-related qualifications obtained during employment paid for by Autism Anglia (subject to conditions)
  • Employee Referral Scheme
  • Access to Spectrum Life Employee Assistance Programme, Wellbeing Tools, including counselling services & the Benefits Hub, which will give you access to lots of shopping and entertainment discounts, instant discounted gift cards and cashback
  • Occupational Sick Pay (after 12 mths)
  • Support & encouragement to progress and reach full potential within your chosen career
  • Pension scheme

 Autism Anglia is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable children and expect all staff to share this commitment.  This post is subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Autism Anglia is positive about inclusion and welcomes applications from individuals who are able to meet the requirements of the job position and may wish to request flexible working, or reasonable adjustments to support them.

In the first instance please send your CV to [email protected] or if you would like further information please contact the Recruitment Team on 01206 577678.

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