Over the last few years, thousands of Disabled People have used their Direct Payments / Personal Budgets to employ their own Personal Assistants. This has given them choice and control over how they receive the support they require, and by whom.
However with that choice and control has also come responsibilities. Most Disabled People we come into contact with want to be good employers. They want to treat their staff fairly, they want to keep good employment records and they want to act legally but in this ever changing world of employment rights and legislation, it is often hard to keep up to date with best practice in this area.
Well now SCIL may have the answer. We have been given some funding from Skills for Care to run a series of employment training sessions aimed specifically at Personal Assistants’ employers. Topics that we will covering include:
How to safely recruit Personal Assistants?
How to manage staff on a day to day basis?
What to do if there are performance issues with staff?
How can I get further support to be a good employer?
These sessions will be lively, fun and everyone who attends will receive a FREE handbook full of advice and tips to help them be a good boss. It will also give you a chance to meet other Disabled People who employ Personal Assistants too.
These sessions are free of charge however we will be asking participants if they would be willing to provide some anonymous information about the Personal Assistants they employ. This will help Skills for Care in developing opportunities for people who work in social care in the future. We will be letting participants know more about what information Skills for Care need and how the information will be used during the sessions.
This is a really exciting project and we hope lots of Disabled People will want to get involved. If you want to know more about the project, get in touch with Jeremy at SCIL on 023 8033 0982 or email Jeremy@southamptoncil.co.uk