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.


  • 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.
  • Provides one-to-one counselling or group therapy.
  • 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.

Typical Education Level

Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 27% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£20,409 Average wage

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for houseparent or residential warden is £20,409

1,316 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 1,316. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.


Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for houseparent or residential warden roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £20,409 per year. That is about £1,701 per month or £10.47 per hour. New workers generally start on £8,396, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £32,358

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 1,316 people are employed in the region.

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