Houseparents and Residential Wardens

Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young people and the elderly within residential homes, schools or their own homes. An essential requirement of their work is that they reside with those for whom they are providing support.


New workers
£ 9,978
£ 28,823
£ 46,618

Available jobs

In the past year there were 30,750 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Keeps records and writes reports.

  • Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers.

  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents’ family and friends.

  • May provide one-to-one counselling or group therapy.

  • Manage the household (domestic duties).

  • Ensures that students attend school regularly.

  • Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have.

  • Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development.

  • Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Risk Analysis

  • Risk Management

  • Textiles

  • Auditing

  • Closed-Circuit Television Systems (CCTV)

  • Fire Alarm Systems

  • Data Analysis

  • Anti-Social Behaviour

  • Social Behaviour

  • Data Entry

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • English Language

  • First Aid

  • Customer Service

  • Influencing Skills

  • Incident Reporting

  • Planning

  • Resilience

  • Leadership

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.