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CIA - Park Rangers and Street Wardens

Community Impact Assessment

The initial assessment is a quick and easy screening process.

It should:

Service - Commissioning and Customer Contact, and Environmental Response
Title of Policy, Function Or Service: Park Rangers and Street Wardens
Type of Policy, Function Or Service: Changed

Q1. What Are the Aims of Your Policy, Function or Service?

The aims of the new Swale Warden Service will be to combine the work of the existing Park Rangers and Street Wardens into one unified team. Together they will be responsible for delivering high profile public services on behalf of the public. They will inspect and maintain children's play areas, repair/replace park furniture/fixtures/fittings, issue fixed penalty notices for littering, dog fouling etc, remove graffiti, investigate incidents of anti-social behaviour and environmental crimes.

By delivering these services across the Borough they will help to reduce crime/the fear of crime, reduce acts of vandalism and work towards improving the visual and social aspects of the Borough. The combined service will achieve necessary savings.

Q2. Who Is Going To Benefit From This Policy, Function Or Service and How?

All residents of the Borough should benefit from the delivery of this service, as the work of the new Swale Warden Service will operate across the Borough, responding to calls for assistance from any group or individual. The reviewed service will make best use of the limited and reduced resources available.

Q3. Thinking about each of the groups below, does, or could the policy, function, or service have a negative impact on people who possess the protected characteristics below?

GroupYesNoUnclear
Age   Yes  
Disability   Yes  
Race   Yes  
Sex   Yes  
Sexual Orientation   Yes  
Religion or Belief   Yes  
Gender Reassignment   Yes  
Marriage and Civil Partnerships   Yes  
Pregnancy and Maternity   Yes  
Relationships between Groups   Yes  
Other Socially Excluded Groups   Yes  

Q4. Does, or could, the policy, project or service help to promote equality for on people who possess the protected characteristics?

GroupYesNoUnclear
Age Yes    
Disability Yes    
Race Yes    
Sex Yes    
Sexual Orientation Yes    
Religion or Belief Yes    
Gender Reassignment Yes    
Marriage and Civil Partnerships Yes    
Pregnancy and Maternity Yes    
Relationships between Groups Yes    
Other Socially Excluded Groups Yes    

Q5. Have you undertaken any consultation on this policy, function or service?

Yes - A 30 day staff consultation period will begin on 11 January 2012, where all affected staff will have an opportunity to comment on the proposed changes and offer alternative ways of working.

Q6. Do you have any feedback data from people with any of the protected characteristics that influences, affects or shapes this policy, function or service?

GroupYesNoUnclear
Age   Yes  
Disability   Yes  
Race   Yes  
Sex   Yes  
Sexual Orientation   Yes  
Religion or Belief   Yes  
Gender Reassignment   Yes  
Marriage and Civil Partnerships   Yes  
Pregnancy and Maternity   Yes  
Relationships between Groups   Yes  
Other Socially Excluded Groups   Yes  

Q7. Using the assessments in questions 3, 4 and 5 should a full assessment be carried out on this policy, project or service?

No.

Q8. How Have You Come To This Decision?

It is believed that the proposed changes to the service will not have a detrimental effect on individuals or groups with any of the protected characteristics. It is possible, that as part of the amalgamation of the two teams includes a reduction in staff numbers, some services are likely to be reduced, or diminish as a result. Any potential impact would be consistent across all strands of the community and not a particular group, as the services provided are directed towards the whole community.

As the service develops, there may be areas of work that we find that we are unable to deliver due to the limited resources. If this is the case we will complete a further CIA to ascertain if any specific elements of the community have been affected.

Q9. What Is You Priority For Doing The Full CIA?

Not applicable as answered no to question 7.

Q10. Who was involved in the CIA, and how?

The CIA was completed by the Commissioning and Open Spaces Manager and Environmental Response Manager as the Service Managers responsible for the two current separate services.

Date: 11.1.2012

CIA Group Approval:

The Community Impact Assessment Group has approved this CIA
Name of Officer
: Sarah Porter
Date: 11.1.2012

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