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 may perform the following tasks:
- 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.
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.