Home services | Social care | Transport
Care escorts accompany elderly people, or adults and children with disabilities, on local journeys and appointments.
10 to 30 variable (between 8am and 6pm on split shifts)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college coursevolunteering
A college course like a Level 1 Certificate in Health and Social Care can give you an introduction to working in the care sector as an assistant, although it's not essential.
There are no set Entry requirements for this route.
A common way into this job is to volunteer as a care escort with your local community transport organisation. There are no set entry requirements but experience in social care or customer service can be useful.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- sensitivity and understanding
- a desire to help people
- the ability to work well with others
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
What you’ll do
As a care escort, you could:
- take people to and from appointments, for example at hospital
- work closely with carers, families, teachers and healthcare staff
- check timetables for pick-ups, for instance from schools
- help people to and from a vehicle
- make sure passengers, wheelchairs and bags are secure
- deal with emergencies
- supervise passengers at all times
- keep the mini-bus or vehicle clean and tidy
fill in paperwork
You could work from a vehicle.
You may need to wear a uniform.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could move into administration, dispatch control or supervisory management.
You could also become a driver, which would open up more full-time opportunities.