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How can I become a Personal Assistant?

A Personal Assistant (also known as a PA) is employed by people who need social care, either because of their age or disability, to enable them to live as independently as possible.

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham supports a scheme called ‘Personal Assistants for Barking and Dagenham’ in which accredited PAs are put on the Council’s PA register and online PA Finder.

All of the PAs accredited by London Borough of Barking and Dagenham must go through a number of checks, including a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check provided free of charge by the Council and a reference check.

PAs are also required to sign up to a Code of Conduct with the Council to ensure that they meet the Council’s standards of care, including the promotion of rights and independence, confidentiality, safeguarding, and risk.

In return, the Council will promote accredited PAs through our PA register and online PA Finder and also offer free training to accredited PAs, including modules on:

  • The role of a Personal Assistant
  • Introduction to basic dementia
  • Medication
  • Manual handling
  • Bereavement

It should be noted that PAs on the PA Finder are not employed by the Council. A PA will be employed by the individual person who requires the support.

We have created a handbook with lots of useful information which can be found here.

If you are interested in becoming a PA please contact PersonalAssistants@lbbd.gov.uk with your details. 

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