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Keeping you safe when employing a personal assistant

There are a number of important things The Council ask you to think about to keep yourself safe when you advertise and meet possible staff to see if they are suitable.

Follow this process to keep yourself safe:

  1. do not put your home address, telephone number, or details about yourself on the job advert you could ask the job centre to advertise for you
  2. the job centre have their own process which will help you to stay safe or you can perhaps use a mail box number
  3. make sure you ask for two written job references from the people you interview and follow them up
  4. undertake a DBS check for criminal records. Your social worker will have details of the process operated by The Council that you can access
  5. when you interview people do it away from your home address if you can and have someone with you to support you
  6. you must comply with employment legislation and The Council strongly advises you have support to do this
  7. when the personal assistant starts working with you it is advised that you arrange for a friend, parent or someone you trust to spend some time with you when they first start work

If you still choose to recruit staff without this help please talk to your Social Worker about it and obtain the information on how to do this safely.

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