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Safe Communities Foundation NZ works with communities throughout New Zealand, promoting and supporting the development of Safe Communities in diverse geographic and socio-economic contexts. SCFNZ develops collaborative relationships with government agencies, Territorial Authorities, organisations and businesses to influence significant changes in key areas of community well-being and safety; including safer public places, road safety, violence prevention, falls prevention, alcohol misuse, safety in the workplace, safety in the home and safety by design. The Safe Community model utilises a population-based approach and utilises the spectrum of prevention in terms of evidence for programmes and effectiveness of efforts.

Guiding principles of the NZ Health Strategy (2016) that share the same principals as Safe Communities model are:

2. The best health and well-being possible for all New Zealanders throughout their lives;

4. Collaborative health promotion, rehabilitation and disease and injury prevention by all sectors;

7. Active partnership with people and communities at all levels; and

8. Thinking beyond narrow definitions of health and collaborating with others to achieve wellbeing.

Furthermore, Safe Community Accreditation is aligned with the MoH current health target of ‘shorter stays in emergency departments’ through the prevention of injuries. As well as the aligned to a number of impacts, outcomes and objectives in the Statement of Intent 2015-2019 Ministry of Health. Namely, the reduction of falls, reducing assaults on children, delivering a collective impact through greater collaboration, initiatives that address mental health and which are community led.

Safe Communities contributes to the ‘Delivering Better Public Services’ of reducing the overall crime rate, violent crime rate and youth crime rate. In addition, it aligns to the strategy and best practice for the relevant injury topic area, as well as the overall Government outcome of being innovative, responsive and working together. The approach ACC is taking includes better collaboration with a range of stakeholders, improved use of data to design programmes and targeting their priority programmes’ areas of focus. This approach shares the same fundamentals of the Safe Community model. Additionally, the Local Government Act 2002 recognises that territorial authorities have an important role to play as they are the most effective deliverers of local services.

In 2018, ACC sponsored a project to help unlock the potential of Safe Communities. This engaged over 150 Safe Community participants in 17 Safe Community coalitions through interviews, a survey and community meetings, plus two events with potential national partners in Wellington. The Unlocking the Potential of Safe Communities plan has been designed to encourage a greater collective approach to making our communities safer.

As well as national alignment, the New Zealand Safe Community Network actively supports the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. In particular addressing the Sustainable Development Goals directly related to injury and violence prevention and those that address the risk factors of injury and violence. The WHO Regional action plan for violence and injury prevention in the Western Pacific : 2016-2020, recommends Safe Communities as a strategy for achieving reduction in injuries.

Our Key partners:

  • New Zealand Communities
  • Accredited Safe Communities
  • Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network
  • Other Safe Community Movement
  • World Health Organization
  • Accident Compensation Corporation
  • Ministry of Health
  • Health Promotion Agency
  • Justice Sector
  • Ministry of Social Development
  • New Zealand Fire Service
  • New Zealand Police
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • National Agencies
  • Local Government
  • Non-government agencies
  • Iwi
  • Business