*Female Peadiatric Special Needs Support Worker

Ref: IA/GW


*Gender is considered to be a genuine occupational requirement in accordance with paragraph 1 of schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010 for a female worker to work with our client. 

Due to expanding the care team, an interesting and rewarding permanent opportunity has opened for a trained worker specialising in paediatric special needs support. The post is essentially to provide care and support to a child with cerebral palsy living with his bilingual French-English family in France. The post does not require the worker to move to France or speak French and travel expenses are paid by the client.  

The successful candidates will generally travel from Ebbsfleet, Ashford or London St Pancras on the Eurostar to Paris. There is a short (35 mins) onward journey to Brunoy where they will live-in during their duty rota period of either 12 days or 12 nights. There is approximately two weeks free in between shifts during which they return to the UK. During their work period, carers live in the family home but in private and comfortable accommodation with a separate entrance.   

It would be helpful to live within a short distance of the Eurostar stations although this is not essential. Other locations with ready access to a regional airport with frequent low cost flights into Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport will be considered.  

The post covers full travel expenses from their nearest UK Eurostar station / Regional Airport and in addition provides full induction training and ongoing in-service training.   

The town where the client lives is a pretty suburban town outside of Paris but with easy access by train into the city. There are lots of nice walks and several restaurants and cafes nearby. 

The house itself is detached, set back a little from the road and in a large garden plot. The staff accommodation is a self-contained 2 bedroom flat attached to the rear of the property with its own separate entrance. It is not overlooked by the rest of the house so is quite private. It comprises of an equipped kitchen with small dining table, 2 bedrooms and a shared shower room and toilet. There is a washing machine in the kitchen. 

Our client is visually impaired and communicates via non-verbal expressions and body language requiring 24 hour 1:1 waking care. Being selected for this post will give the carer the chance to work within a multidisciplinary therapeutic group who are highly motivated and focussed on helping our client evolve and grow towards his full potential. This is an unusual post, which will permit the candidate to enrich their professional experience as well as providing the opportunity to live and work in another country and culture without having to commit to moving.  

Our ideal candidate will: - 

  • Have a minimum NVQ Level 2 in Health & Social Care. 
  • Be experienced in working with children with disabilities. 
  • Have experience of gastrostomy care.
  • Be willing to undergo a DBS check. 
  • Provide 2 satisfactory references 

As mentioned above, the successful Support Worker will be required to live-in whilst working in France and will be working on a rota for 12 consecutive shifts. The alternating shifts will be day shifts 08:00-20:00 and waking night shifts 20:00-08:00. On days child is in school day worker is still paid for full 12 hours but is expected to do some domestic duties and supervision of younger siblings but this will not occupy all of the time child is in school.  

The succesful applicant can also supplement their income by taking on other work e.g. agency shifts if they so wish, again, providing they do not breach the WTD.  There is of course the opportunity to do swaps between workers to accommodate either the client’s family requirements e.g to fit in with their holiday dates or for workers who have a specific special requirement, e.g. to go to a wedding etc. As long as these swaps are approved by the case manager and do not result in breaches of WTD, additional costs to the client, or disruptions to the client / family, there is no problem. 

Pay rates: 

  • Monday to Friday £15 per hour 
  • Saturday and Sunday £17 per hour 
  • UK Bank Holidays £30 per hour 
  • Paid leave is provided in accordance with UK employment law.