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Roles, Activities & Measures

What is SCFNZ’s role?

The role of the Safe Communities Foundation of NZ (SCFNZ) is to promote community safety through local partnerships and collaborative relationships, in the national and international safety scene. SCFNZ is an Accrediting and Support Centre of the Pan Pacific Safe Community Network, working closely with representatives from Australia, Canada and the United States of America. WHO as an important means of delivering evidence-based violence and injury prevention strategies at the local level.

Who does the SCFNZ help?

(i) Working closely with Key Stakeholders

SCFNZ has developed collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, such as government agencies, Territorial Authorities, organisations and businesses to influence significant changes in important areas of community safety. These relationships have enabled our extensive expertise in injury prevention, safety promotion, policy, strategic planning research, evaluation and community development.

(ii) We Accredit Communities

SCFNZ accredits communities that have achieved the criteria for designation as a Safe Community. SCFNZ staff have extensive expertise in supporting safe community coalitions and networks, developing productive partnerships between community and government agencies, fostering an evidence-based approach to safety programmes and ensuring sustainability in community safety at national and community levels.

Through collaboration and joint initiatives, communities are able to contribute to meaningful injury reductions through locally ‘owned and driven’ initiatives that bring about:

  • Changes to physical environments: eg: speed limiting devices, crime prevention through design and impact absorbing playground surfaces
  • Education /behaviour changes: eg: awareness raising and campaigns, behaviour change facilitation (walking school bus, host responsibility programmes)
  • Safety advocacy and influence: eg: supporting legislative and regulatory measures eg swimming pool regulations, local alcohol policies.

These initiatives, where aligned to central and local Government programmes will positively impact on the programmes results.

How do we measure up?

Since our inception in 2004, SCFNZ has seen these significant milestones achieved through the adoption of the Safe Community Model. This includes changes in attitudes and behaviours in areas such as falls prevention, safer public spaces, road safety and safety at work.

  1. An increase in government agency acceptance of the benefits of the Safe Community framework as a worthwhile component to reducing the injury and violence burden in New Zealand.
  2. An increase in the number of accredited Safe Communities in New Zealand and the proportion of New Zealanders who are living in accredited Safe Communities
  3. Improvements in injury, violence and community safety indicators by designated New Zealand Safe Communities compared with other comparable Territorial Authorities and national trends
  4. An increase in coalition overall synergy score, indicating the success of the collaborative process and the particular ways in which the collaborative process in the coalition, strengthening its coalition partners’ thinking, actions, and relations with the broader community. SCFNZ has adopted both public health and community development approaches to safety promotion, injury and violence prevention since it was established in 2004.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. Recently, the Safe Community movement within New Zealand has adopted the RBA framework as a way of demonstrating measurable outcomes. This is undertaken through the alignment (‘line of sight’) of the performance measures of individual programmes (demonstrating increases in skills and knowledge and/or behaviour and circumstance changes) with the population indicator of reduction in injuries.


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