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Positive Behaviour Support Worker

Closing date: 20240301
Reference number: SW-015849
  • Salary: £21.31 an hour (weekends and bank holidays are higher rates)
  • Job Type: Jobs
  • Employer: Southwark Council
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Southwark Council are looking for a Positive Behaviour Support Worker to join their team. To apply, please email a CV and Cover letter to

1. To undertake assessments and create effective support plans.
2. To undertake direct work with service users and their families/carers and/or support workers to implement the support plan and behaviour intervention methods.
3. To promote access to social, leisure and education opportunities to enrich service users quality of life.
4. To communicate effectively and sensitively with service users, parents, carers and professionals regardless of their spoken language or communication skills e.g visual supports.
5. To have an understanding of and be able to identify safeguarding concerns, undertake risk assessments, escalate and take appropriate action in line with the council’s policies and protocols.
6. To exercise professional responsibility for the assessment and intervention with service users; working alongside other professionals in the multi-disciplinary team.
7. To maintain a good working relationship with other members of the multi-disciplinary network and ensure effective communication through good verbal communication skills, the production of professional reports and attendance at multi-disciplinary meetings.
8. To provide advice, guidance and consultation to social care practitioners, families, carers, support staff and other professionals.
9. To take part in regular professional supervision and appraisal process.
10. To contribute to the maintenance of the highest professional standards of practice, through active participation in internal and external Continued Professional Development. To maintain active engagement with current developments in the field of Positive Behaviour Support and related disciplines.
11. To write reports, case records and correspondences in line with departmental guidelines and policy and to undertake all administrative duties relating to the social care function. This will include accessing and inputting data into departmental databases and electronic recording systems.
12. To recognise diversity and apply anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive principles. To challenge appropriately when discrimination is evidenced.
13. Ensure value for money principles are applied in all areas of service delivery in consultation with supervisor, manager and partner agencies.
14. Undertake other duties appropriate to the post and grade that may be reasonably required from time to time.


The person specification is a picture of skills, knowledge and experience required to carry out the job.

Key:               D         Desirable                   S         Shortlisting criteria

                        E         Essential                    I           Evaluated at interview

                                                                        T          Subject to test

Knowledge, including educational qualifications: 
1. Knowledge of clinical frameworks of Applied Behavioural Analysis and Positive Behavioural Support (E, S, I)
2. Knowledge of disabilities and the impact they can have on individuals’ lives (E S, I)
3. Knowledge of legislation, statutory guidance and the social work and care management practice, particularly relating to safeguarding practice (E, I)
4. Knowledge and awareness of issues relating to communities from diverse backgrounds (E, I)
5. PBS qualification (e.g. BTEC Level 4 Professional Certificate in Positive Behaviour Support) or equivalent professional or lived experience (E,S)

1. Experience of formulating and implementing support plans and behaviour interventions and strategies (E S, I)
2. Experience of using person centred approaches to enable service users to achieve their goals, outcomes and maximise their independence (E S, I)
3. Experience of working with children and young people / adults with learning disability and/or autism who display behaviour that challenges. (E S, I)
4. Experience of working with a wide variety of professionals and agencies to enable children and/or adults to achieve outcomes and maximise their independence (E, I)
5. An awareness of the risks associated with disability and the ability to use this knowledge to safeguard disabled children. Recognise and report any concerns about the welfare of a child promptly in line with Southwark’s guidance on safeguarding children. (E, I)

Aptitudes, Skills & Competencies:
1. Good interpersonal skills and the ability to encourage positive working relationships with both staff and be able to use specialist communication tools with children, young people and adults who may be non verbal or have communication difficulties. (E I)
2. Literacy skills to enable the post holder to produce high quality non-standard correspondences. (E I, T)
3.  Numeric skills to enable the post holder to collate and analyse complex information, and produce good quality data that is easily understood by others (E T)
5. Ability to use monitoring and evaluation tools (E I, T)
6. Ability to organise and prioritise your work, responding to changing priorities and deadlines (E I, T)
7. Computer literacy skills at a level to maintain case r
ecords within information management systems (E T)
Special Conditions of Recruitment:
Comply with and promote the Council’s Equal opportunities and Diversity policy.
All post holders will be required to comply with current COVID-19 vaccine guidelines as set out by central government.
A satisfactory DBS check at enhanced level is required.


Purpose of the Job

The All Age Disability (0-25) / Learning Disability (25+) service provides a comprehensive and integrated social care pathway for Children and Young People with Disabilities and for adults with Learning Disabilities.

We are looking for a Part Time Support Worker to join the All Age Disabilities, Positive Behaviour Support Team 3 days a week for a fixed term, 1 year period.

The Positive Behaviour Support Team sits within the All Age Disabilities Team alongside the Short Breaks and Children in Need social care teams.

The All Age Disabilities, Positive Behaviour Support Team is a small team of four full time PBS Support Workers with PBS Team Lead and Senior Practitioner providing project oversight. We work with families open to both the All Age Disabilities Service and the 25+ Learning Disabilities Service. We also work within Southwark’s Family Hubs providing early intervention, preventative support through involvement with Southwark’s SENsational Stay and Play Sessions.

We deliver outreach support within the family home or support settings with the aim of increasing independence and quality of life for young people and supporting families or carers to develop skills and understanding in supporting people with needs related to learning disabilities, autism and challenging behaviour.

The aim of this support will be to support parents and family carers to develop confidence and understanding in implementing behaviour and communication strategies at home. We will do this by offering assessment, consultation and direct work within the home or locality family hubs and make recommendations for behavioural/communication interventions.

Our team members have strong links with Multi-Disciplinary Intensive Support Teams in both CAMHS and SLAM mental health services.  These teams work with the most challenging and complex service users who are at risk of placement or family breakdown.

The Positive Behaviour Support Team also deliver training to families and professionals.

The PBS Support Workers receive clinical supervision from the Positive Support Group and will receive line management within the AAD service from the AAD PBS team senior practitioner/ PBS Team Lead.

The role will also involve using these approaches with older children and adults in line with existing function of the team.

The aim of providing behavioural interventions is to minimise the challenging behaviours and reduce the need for more specialist services; strengthening the skills and resilience of families, carers and staff in different settings.

Job Context

This post is contracted to Southwark Social Services department and will be based in All Age Disability (0-25) / Learning Disability (25+) Service within Adult Social Care; linking with the council’s children and family hubs

Positive Behaviour Worker roles work with children, young people and adults aged 25+ who have an eligible social care needs in office based, home and community settings.

The post will work with all Council departments and NHS Southwark as well as other partners.

Organisation Information

The All Age Disability (0-25) / Learning Disability (25+) service is committed to delivering on the Council’s strategic priorities (improving life chances, a better place for people and delivering quality services) and on addressing key corporate issues (such as value for money; the customer journey; efficient, accessible, needs-led and accountable services and equality, diversity and human rights). We value diversity within the team and within our client groups and aim to provide accessible, integrated services that are efficient and modern.


Grade/Conditions of Service


Grade 9.

Contractual hours are 36 hours per week in accordance with the needs of the service Monday to Friday. The post holder may be required to work outside of normal working hours in accordance with the needs of the service.

Due to the nature of the post candidates are not entitled to withhold information regarding convictions by virtue of the rehabilitation of Offenders Act (exemptions) order 1975, as amended, pursuant to section 4 (4) of the rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Candidates are required to give details of any convictions on their application form and are expected to disclose such information at the appointment interview.

This post required ENHANCED DBS clearance.

Closing date: 01/03/2024

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