Here are three important things to consider when advertising for support staff:
- Your child’s interests and strengths
- Your expectations of the support worker
- The qualities you would like from a support worker
- Availability of support staff shifts
- Rate of pay (optional)
- Your contact details
When you meet the new support worker, it’s a good idea to provide a positive, brief description of your child first, and then you might mention that there are behavioural challenges or self-regulation issues which need to be addressed. It’s helpful to paint a picture of the person before highlighting the challenges.
For new staff, you may also like to have buddy shifts so your new workers can learn from your more experienced workers.
Here is a resource from WA Individualised Services to help you with advertising and interview questions: