Not an accredited safe community?


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 increases community well-being as well as changes in attitudes and behaviours in areas such as falls prevention, safer public spaces, road safety and safety at work.

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 to achieve:

  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 wellbeing 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.

The Future of Safety

In summary, there is now a strong opportunity to add value and make further gains. Through injury and violence prevention and redcing alcohol- related harm leading to injury reductions and increased community well-being by growing and strengthening the safe community network. Currently, just under 70% of New Zealanders live in an accredited Safe Community. The SCFNZ goal for a safe New Zealand is to increase the proportion of people living in an accredited Safe Community.