Children's Play Worker - Autism

Action for ASD


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Job summary

We are looking to expand our childrens service team who work with children and young people with a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Conditions at the Autism Support Centre, Burnley. We want enthusiastic play support workers to support our members in a range of different social and leisure activities at the centre.

If you have any questions or queries please contact the childrens services manager, Amy Whittle, on 01282 415 455 or email

Main duties of the job

Job Summary:

To support children and young people with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder at various social and leisure activities and opportunities at the Autism Resource Centre.

To work as part of a team, including volunteers, and the Session Supervisor, Childrens Service Manager and Assistant Manager to provide fun and accessible play and social opportunities for children and young people who are affected by autism.

The Childrens Play Support Worker will also work with families/carers to enhance their understanding of autism and provide them with advice and support when required.

About us

Action for ASD was incorporated as a charity in 2001. We provide childrens services and adult services. We are also commissioned by East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen CCGs to provide the adult (16+) autism diagnostic pathway including post diagnostic counselling within East Lancashire.

The Objects of the Charity as defined in its Memorandum of Association are:

a) To relieve those persons who are diagnosed with Autistic spectrum disorders (ASD) by the provision of support, advice, information and assistance to those individuals with Autistic spectrum disorders, their families and carers and associated professionals.

b) To increase public awareness regarding the difficulties and circumstances of people with Autistic spectrum disorders and their families and carers, and to encourage acceptance within the community.

The Charitys mission is to make a difference to the lives of those with an ASD in East Lancashire and to support their families and carers.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Tasks

To support the development and delivery of a range of social and play opportunities for children and young people who are affected by autism and to utilise autism specific approaches to support the development of social and communication skills.

To be responsible for equipment and resources used in sessions, supervising children with the appropriate use of resources during activities

Undertake direct work with children in consultation to improve motor skills, social skills, communication skills and personal development - both at the Autism Support Centre and other community settings. This may include personal care.

To work with the children to develop the confidence and self-esteem of the children and young people who attend.

To help set up play equipment and ensure activities are ready for sessions.

Undertake work with siblings of children with ASD when identified and provide them with age-appropriate information about autism and emotional support as required.

To complete pre and post session check-ups as and when required

To appropriately record outcomes and gather appropriate feedback when required to do so.

To liaise with parents and carers, young people and other stakeholders.

To ensure that the Health and Safety and Safeguarding aspects of the activities are adhered to in line with Action for ASDs policy and procedures.

To contribute to reports for the Childrens Service Manager, funders and for Action for ASD management when requested.

To attend supervision and staff meetings where appropriate.

To attend necessary training and development opportunities relevant to the role and organisation.

To follow Child Protection Policy and Procedures.

General Responsibilities

Co-operate with all Action for ASD staff in maintaining good relationships with outside agencies and the general public to uphold the organisations image and win increased support for its work.

Promote a positive image of autism, the Project and Action for ASD

Ensure awareness and observation of Fire and Health & safety Regulations

Attend and participate in staff training opportunities and staff meetings as required.

Carry out other duties as are within the scope spirit and purpose of the job, the title of the post and its grading as requested by your line manager or his/her higher level of authority

Person Specification



  • Qualification in Childcare, Youth Work or Teaching equivalent to NVQ Level 2/3



  • Awareness and understanding of Autism/AS
  • Understanding of the needs and difficulties of children and young people with a diagnosis of Autism
  • Knowledge of legislation relating to Child Protection


  • Knowledge of PECS and TEACCH

Skills and Work Experience


  • Good Level Communication skills (written and verbal)
  • An ability to work in settings in which the atmosphere may be highly emotive
  • Ability to communicate sensitive information to a range of personnel
  • Experience of supporting parents and carers


  • Good standard of report writing
  • Computer literacy
  • Experience of paid or voluntary work with children and young people with an ASD or disability
  • Experience of writing reports and records
  • Experience of monitoring projects

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Employer details

Employer name

Action for ASD


King Edward House

9 Finsley Gate



BB11 2HA

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For help with your application, contact:

Amy Whittle


Date posted

13 May 2021

Pay scheme



£6.95 to £8.91 an hour


Fixed term


9 months

Working pattern

Part-time, Flexible working, Term time hours

Reference number


Job locations

King Edward House

9 Finsley Gate



BB11 2HA

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