Neighbourhood wardens provide a uniformed presence in communities, with the aim of improving people's quality of life, tackling anti-social behaviour and reducing fear of crime.
Job categories include:
Neighbourhood wardens - who work to improve the environment, quality of life and safety in local communities. Alternative job titles may be community warden and community safety warden.
Street wardens - who undertake similar tasks to above but are more likely to work in town and village centres and public areas.
Street crime wardens - who work in designated high-crime areas and may be empowered to issue fixed penalty notices for littering and dog fouling.
Wardens work closely with other agencies in their area – local authorities, environmental agencies, police, voluntary and community groups, tenants' associations and schools. The work varies, depending on the needs of the area but duties typically include:
Basic hours will vary according to the scheme and may be full-time or part-time. They usually involve shift, weekend and bank holiday work.
There is often a lot of walking involved, patrolling the area in all weathers. The work may also involve taking part in meetings of groups such as tenants' associations, giving talks in schools or community centres, and organising, contributing to, or attending local activities and events, both indoors and outside.
A uniform is provided by the employer.
Wardens are issued with mobile phones or radios to keep in contact with their managers, colleagues and other agencies.
To be a neighbourhood warden you should:
Wardens are employed by local authorities, housing associations and town centre management companies. They may also be employed by community safety partnerships, which are partnerships of all the above agencies in a particular area.
The LG Careers website provides links to local councils and the National Wardens Network provides contact details for local schemes and resource centres (see Further Information).
It is sometimes possible to progress to a Supervisor or Assistant Head Warden post, if supervisory ability can be demonstrated, and even on to Head Warden.
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