Scottish Autism
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Scottish Autism Careers and Employment

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About the company

  • Founded
  • Company size
    501 to 1,000
  • Revenue
    £18m to £73m (GBP)
  • Headquarters
    Alloa, UK
  • Link
    Scottish Autism website
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Rating overview

Rating is calculated based on 128 reviews and is evolving.



Autism Practitioner in Dundee
on 23 July 2022
Service users/supported individuals are the reason we do this type of job. The Management are the reason no one can stay in this job and not have mental health issues.
Autism Practitioner in Alloa, Clackmannanshire
on 21 June 2022
Awarding job but very poor management
Personally i find the job itself a very rewarding job but comes with its own difficulties the same as every other job out there although these in question are mostly easily managed. But when it comes to having to deal with such poor management, that then takes over everything. Management is in no way approachable, staff are very rarely given the support they need, they prioritise certain staff over others, extreme lack in consistency. Dreading each shift as you have no idea what you are walking into. Bombarded with phone calls and texts when on annual leave to cover shifts and then guilt tripped into shifts. The job itself has a great deal of potential and that can’t be forgotten about but unfortunately the turn over off staff is so high due to the same issues that arent being addressed, these stresses are then put onto staff due to staff shortages which is then put onto those supported individuals which is far from fair. Constantly having to watch what you say around colleagues due to cliques within the staff team. I find that if the issues within current management & staff were addressed then staff morale would be alot higher and staff turnover would be less, meaning less new faces for supported individuals.
Senior Autism Practitioner in Tayside Region
on 5 June 2022
Challenging but rewarding
I have worked for SA for approx. 15 years first as AP before progressing to SAP.Over that time the number of services and the geographic reach of our services has vastly increased. Unfortunately, as is the case in most social care settings, it takes time to get new staff started in the services due to background checks, training, induction period etc. Many individuals that apply for jobs within Social Care are students at the nearby university; this means that often staff only stay with SA until they have gained qualifications and leave for a job in the field they have been studying for. As with most Social Care settings we are often short staffed; which in turn puts more pressure on staff and management to cover extra shifts/services, COVID has contributed to this also.The individuals we work with are the reason we do this job, to see an individual progress over time and achieve goals they have set is incredibly rewarding and humbling although the journey to achieving that goal can be difficult for the individual and their supporting staff.The hours can be long and we can't work Monday-Friday only because we are supporting individuals requiring 24 hour support 7 days a week. However master rotas are usually out in advance so staff should know when their days off are. There is a generous holiday allowance which also increases once you have worked with the company for 5 years, so if you know you need a specific day off you can book it in advance.You do have to genuinely enjoy helping people to enjoy this job. When I have had queries or concerns regarding any aspect of services I have worked in I have found that management have been open to what I have said and receptive to suggestions and ideas on how to improve.
Support Worker in Alloa, Clackmannanshire
on 31 May 2022
Avoid at all costs
Bullying culture management has their favourites and if your face fits you will be fine if not watch your back as they will resort to any means to get rid of you. For a company that is meant to care for people they have forgotten the basic principles and will put profits before people. If you value your sanity and wellbeing give this company a wide berth
Autism Practitioner in Perth, Perth and Kinross
on 29 May 2022
Stressful environment where you are expected to work with no breaks plus managers with no special needs experience apart from a bit of paper.
A positive to begin with: the team I was working with were amazing, what a group of hard working people.Negative: The job is exhausting and not enough time off between shifts to recover.Training is good for the first week then you are told either that training will happen within on or two days ( on your day off) you don't get your day off back. Management seem to lack the skills for organising training so the staff have to find what they need to do. Management tell staff that it's the responsibility of the staff to organise training. No notice of when training will happen so impossible to plan anything.Night shift is stupid as they think that when you finish a nightshirt the day is classed as a day off.If any issues with client, management will blame the staff for not dealing with any situation correctly (in the management eyes). You are blamed if the client becomes distressed. Calms training will work on some special needs children and adults, not on everyone so be prepared for being blamed for breakages or violence toward you.Arousel Physical Training is a laugh and if you do do this training be prepared for your own personal injuries. Imagine client coming at you with a knife and you have to put your arms up. Arterial flow could follow.Don't get unwell before six months or you'll be paid SSPs but stress has nothing to do with being unwell.Managers on call, some are good others...well...I've been working in care for a long time and as a support worker, why was I doing the work of a manager. Pay is pathetic considering , there will be good clients and then not so good clients, but according to SA all clients are well behaved and are not aggressive. If you are hit by the client it's your fault even if it was someone else who created rhe incident, let's say, like a manager who is quick to phone you to do a shift and then won't pick up the phone or answer questions from you. Expected to get to work if you have had an incident so very little support from management, but you get the support from your team.Did I mention that you do the managers job.Personally, I would suggest that managers get some work experience with special needs adults such as hands on from staff who have experience rather than hiring managers who have no clue of people with additional needs.The higher ups should look at the workers and give them a pay rise as this is a very stressful and exhausting job.You are always expected to be available for work on days off. Don't plan anything.I'm sure there is more....

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Shared on 23 May 2022

Just about the values, which they don't even follow!!

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Quite a lot off of a bit paper.

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