How to become a House Parent

House parents are concerned with all the tasks relating to the personal care, boarding accommodation, meals, study, recreation and weekend activities of children and adolescents in a residential establishment. They usually live in or near the boarding establishment.

Personal requirements of a House Parent

  • concern for the wellbeing of young people
  • understanding of students' needs and cultural differences
  • sense of responsibility
  • good leadership skills
  • good organisational skills
  • able to work closely with others in a community setting
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

Duties & Tasks of a House Parent

House parents: • ensure good behaviour of the children • supervise and arrange activities that promote intellectual, physical, social and spiritual development • ensure living and hygiene standards are maintained • ensure students are attending classes • lend a sympathetic ear to children with problems or provide counselling services • perform minor domestic duties • accompany students on weekend outings.

Specialisations:


Boarding School Supervisor

A boarding school supervisor usually provides a similar service to that of a house parent, operating from a school boarding house that provides accommodation facilities for students.

Future growth:

Moderate

Employment by state:

ACT ACT 2.5%

NSW NSW 47%

NT NT 5.4%

QLD QLD 6.6%

SA SA 13.9%

TAS TAS 1.5%

VIC VIC 14.2%

WA WA 9%

Hours worked:

0

Unemployment:

Higher unemployment

Gender split:

Male 25.1%

Female 74.9%

Education level:

Age brackets:

15-19 - 11.1%

20-24 - 14.1%

25-34 - 25.2%

35-44 - 13.8%

45-54 - 8.2%

55-59 - 20.7%

60-64 - 0.9%

65 and Over - 6%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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