£17,160 Average salary at age 20
£28,600 Average Salary
30 Average hours per week


Houseparents and residential wardens are responsible for the care and supervision of children, young offenders and the elderly within residential homes and nurseries, schools or institutions for young offenders.

Main Tasks

  • Creates friendly, secure atmosphere and tries to gain the trust and confidence of those in the home or under supervision;
  • Plans and participates in games and leisure activities to encourage emotional, social, physical and intellectual development;
  • Ensures that all material needs of residents are provided and endeavours to resolve any problems that they may have;
  • Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy;
  • Establishes and maintains contact with members of the neighbouring community and/or the residents’ family and friends;
  • Maintains contact and discusses problems/progress with other staff and social workers;
  • Keeps records and writes reports.


There are no formal academic entry requirements. In most cases workers will be required to register with the appropriate statutory body which involves satisfying the registration criteria. This would normally include holding or working towards the appropriate qualification for the job. Entrants must typically be 18 years old and have experience of working in a care environment. Both off- and on-the-job training is available. A wide range of qualifications including NVQs/SVQs covering various aspects of care are available. Background checks including a CRB check are likely to be required.

What Houseparents and residential wardens studied in higher education

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What Houseparents and residential wardens studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy2
(L7) Human & social geography1
(W2) Design studies2
(L3) Sociology4
(Q9) Others in linguistics, classics & related subjects1
(C8) Psychology16
(W1) Fine art1
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music1
(F6) Geology1
(X0) Broadly-based programmes within education1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(R9) Others in European languages, literature & related subjects2
(W6) Cinematics & photography1
(C7) Molecular biology, biophysics & biochemistry1
(Q3) English studies7
(K2) Building1
(B7) Nursing2
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama2
(M2) Law by topic1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport1
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(F3) Physics3
(L1) Economics2
(T7) American studies1
(X3) Academic studies in education14
(L5) Social work13
(X1) Training teachers2
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(V1) History by period4
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering1
(L6) Anthropology1
(I1) Computer science1

UK Prospects

47000 Workforce Size
5.40% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
6225 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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