Community warden

neighbourhood warden street warden city warden community safety officer

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What's it like?

You would walk round a local area to make the area safer for the local residents, help them with problems and improve their quality of life.

You would try to reduce anti-social behaviour and people’s fear of crime.

You’d work with many different kinds of people in this job, so you’ll need to be open-minded and able to build up trust.

Depending on where you work, you would:

  • Go round an area and encourage people to talk to each other
  • Respond to incidents of anti-social behaviour
  • Report crime to the police
  • Alert the council and other authorities about environmental problems
  • Issue fines (fixed penalty notices) for litter, graffiti and dog fouling
  • Check to make sure empty properties are safe and secure
  • Support older and vulnerable people in the area
  • Get involved in community activities and work with young people
  • Visit schools and attend community and resident meetings
  • Share information with other agencies including the police, community groups, social landlords and tenants’ associations

You'd also need to be confident and assertive at times. You’d need to be able to handle conflict and aggression but you wouldn’t become involved in situations where physical force is required.

Working conditions

Hours

You would typically work 37 hours a week, which would usually include evenings, weekends and public holidays. Part-time hours are often available.

Environment

You would spend most of your time outdoors, on foot, and on bicycle or vehicle patrols.

UK employment status

Full-time

Part-time

Self employed

Here are some of the skills that people in this job would be most likely to have:

  • Communicating with people
  • Listening to people
  • Working as part of a team
  • Caring for people
  • Being tactful
  • Working on your own
  • Using computers
  • Being physically fit
  • Planning and organising

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Getting in

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Qualifications

There are no formal qualifications required to enter this role but some employers may ask for qualifications at SCQF level 4/5.

Useful subjects

  • English
  • Maths 
  • Physical education
  • Social studies such as sociology

You will also need

  • To pass a medical check
  • To be approved for membership of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme run by Disclosure Scotland

You will usually need to pass a fitness endurance test and written tests as part of the selection process. 

You may need a full UK driving licence for some jobs. 

Helpful to have

Qualifications and experience that show an understanding of protective services such as Skills for Work Uniformed and Emergency Services (SCQF level 4) or community involvement, such as Volunteering Skills Award (SCQF levels 3-5).

It is helpful to have experience in this field possibly through volunteering.

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