Neighbourhood warden Street warden, community warden, city warden
Neighbourhood wardens work in local communities to reduce anti-social behaviour.
1. Entry requirements
There are no set requirements, but you’ll usually need:
- a good general standard of education
- literacy and numeracy skills
- experience of working with the public
- a clear understanding of issues faced by communities
- a commitment to equal opportunities
It could give you an advantage to have a driving licence and be aged 21 or over to drive a company vehicle.
You could volunteer as a warden, or work with people with issues like homelessness, drugs, or anti-social behaviour, to give you some of the skills needed.
You’ll also need an enhanced background check which your employer will arrange for you.
2. Skills required
- good listening and communication skills
- tact and the ability to handle conflict and aggression
- organisational skills
- IT skills
3. What you'll do
You’ll help to reduce people’s fear of crime, and tackle anti-social behaviour.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- responding to anti-social behaviour incidents
- reporting crime to the police
- telling the council and other authorities about environmental problems
- issuing fixed penalty notices for litter, graffiti and dog fouling
- making sure empty properties are safe and secure
- supporting older and vulnerable people in the area
- getting involved in community activities
- visiting schools and attending community and resident meetings
- sharing information with other agencies like the police, community groups, social landlords and tenants’ associations
Starter: £17,000 to £21,000
Experienced: £22,000 to £25,000
Highly Experienced: £28,000
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37 hours a week, including evenings, weekends and public holidays.
This is a physically active role as you’ll spend most of your time outdoors, on foot, and on bicycle or vehicle patrols.
You’ll wear a uniform.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could become an assistant head warden, senior warden, or warden coordinator.
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Last updated: 14 September 2017