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Rattray, Blairgowrie, PH10 7AP
£9.51 - £10.14 per hour
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time & Part Time
37 hours per week

This position has expired.

Autism Practitioners (previously Support Workers)

Tayside Area Services – Rattray, Blairgowrie - (Perth and Kinross)

Full Time and Part Time Positions available

£9.51 per hour on appointment; £9.67 on confirmation; £10.14 advanced development rate

Reference: SA/52

At Scottish Autism we acknowledge the specialist support our staff provide to autistic individuals, therefore those doing support work are known as Autism Practitioners. We provide outstanding training and are continuously improving to ensure all our Autism Practitioners are supported and have the skills to deliver a quality service. This post is a good opportunity for those with a generic support worker experience to specialise. 

We keep it simple with 3 pay points. You progress at your pace as you develop. We benchmark regularly to ensure the rates are competitive. 

“I feel supported by my line manager in my role” Autism Practitioners, Tayside Area Services

The posts will be based within our exciting Housing Support Service based in Rattray which will initially support three Autistic adults, from a variety of different backgrounds, moving into their own homes which have been built to support each individuals needs.

This Autism Practitioners recruitment is part of an ongoing recruitment process to build a team that will provide support to those individuals during and after transitions into their new homes.

As an Autism Practitioner, experience of working within social care is desirable but not essential as we are seeking to appoint people who share our values and are willing to learn and develop into the role. We will support you to do this by offering an extensive autism specific training programme.

Autism Practitioners will work alongside the Senior Autism Practitioner and other team members to develop personalised support plans as well as building positive relationships and working in partnership with the supported individuals, their families, health professionals and other stakeholders to ensure the supported individuals life goals and aspirations are at the centre of their support. 

Autism Practitioners will initially be involved in providing support to these individuals from their current residences in order to facilitate successful transitions to their new homes in Rattray for each of the individuals.

On a day to day basis, Autism Practitioners enable supported individuals to take part in their chosen activities, maintain their tenancies and support them to make the decisions that matter to them. Required support may include personal care, promoting independence and active citizenship, community inclusion, support with household chores etc. You can also expect to be out and about supporting each individual to access and engage in their local communities and to take part in activities of their choice, which is great fun for all.

Scottish Autism has undergone digital transformation which is making our way of working smarter and allowing more time to be focussed on supporting individuals. Our training is second to none and as the Organisation plans to move to a new way of working which focusses on enabling and empowering practitioners to have more autonomy of their day support role, making teams more autonomous while continuing to work in partnership with supported people and families. It is an exciting time to join Scottish Autism as we adopt the coaching and mentoring model of support with supported people at the centre of everything we do.

Scottish Autism’s Values are:

Collaboration – we work with others and value their opinions

Compassion – we work with each other and our service users with care and Kindness

Change Makers – we never stand still, we move positively forward always focussed on quality and being the best

Contribution – we love what we do, we never lose sight of our purpose and the difference we make in society

We encourage and welcome applications from people with lived experience of autism.

“I love my work place, the organisation values are displayed on the walls which promotes a positive working environment.” Staff member, Tayside Area Services

Scottish Autism offers you:

32 days holiday pro rata (which increases with your length of service)

Sector leading training from day one, including fully funded support to complete your necessary SVQ

Non-contributory life assurance scheme

Workplace Pension

These posts are subject to a PVG Disclosure check.

Please note all new employees must register with the Scottish Social Services Council within 6 months of starting in post and support to achieve registration will be provided.

Closing Date: Sunday 14th November 2021

Interviews will take place on Wednesday 3rd, 10th and 17th November.

Valuing diversity and promoting equal opportunities is at the heart of our vision, mission and values.

Registered charity number is SC009068

Scottish Autism is a smoke free organisation. Our aim is to protect the Health and Wellbeing of our employees and the individuals we support by providing a smoke free environment.