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Accredited Safe Community

Are you living in one of our Safe Communities?

Safety has been our number one concern for over 12 years. There are 24 accredited Safe Communities covering 30 territorial authorities throughout New Zealand, which equates to over 2.8 million people living in safer communities because of the SCFNZ initiatives.

These Safe Communities have improved their injury rates through road safety campaigns, falls prevention initiatives, water safety, safety at work, safer public places, reduced alcohol-related harm and overall violence prevention.

The process to becoming an Accredited Safe Community is a collaborative one, in which SCFNZ offer guidance and support – we want everyone to live in a safe community.

You will be assigned a contact person within the SCFNZ who will help you adopt the Safe Community model and assist you throughout the whole process. Your application must demonstrate how you apply the following principles:

  1. Leadership and collaboration focusing on improving safety,
  2. The reach of the programmes,
  3. The safety issues concerning the most vulnerable,
  4. Analysis of current safety data with action plans on improvement,
  5. How the evaluation of the programmes will be conducted, and finally
  6. How the safety initiatives will be communicated and networked throughout the community.

Your contact person will offer feedback on your initial application, including opportunities for improvement and areas you may need to consider. The team of reviewers will review your final application. A certifying officer will visit your community to witness the community safety efforts. A congratulatory ceremony will be conducted because this is great reason for celebration – keeping all citizens safe in your community.


  • Community contacts SCFNZ for guidance and support.
  • Community becomes familiar with the Safe Community model.
  • Community submits a letter of intent to SCFNZ.
  • SCFNZ invoices the community for entire accreditation process and appoint a key contact person at SCFNZ.
  • Community submits draft application documentation to SCFNZ.
  • SCFNZ provides feedback on draft application within 14 working days.
  • Community submits final application document.
  • SCFNZ provides feedback on accreditation application from the team of reviewers.
  • Community hosts a site visit to demonstrate community safety efforts for the accreditation certifier/review team.
  • Community conducts a ceremony celebrating the official accreditation.

Accreditation Requirements

Communities seeking accreditation must meet the following six indicators based on the Safe Community model:

  1. Leadership and Collaboration: demonstration of leadership by a coalition or group focused on improving community safety.
  2. Programme Reach: the range and reach of community safety programmes operating throughout the community/region, including an indication of the extent to which they are based on proven or promising intervention strategies.
  3. Priority Setting: demonstration of programmes that target and promote safety for high risk/vulnerable groups and environments.
  4. Data Analysis and Strategic Alignment: analysis of available safety (injury, crime, violence and safety perception) data for your community/region and how they align with established national/regional priorities and action plans.
  5. Evaluation: outline of expected impacts and how they are being measured or evaluated.
  6. Communication and Networking.

Demonstration of community engagement with relevant sectors of your community/region and on-going participation in local, national and Pan Pacific Safe Communities Networks is required.

Any questions about the application or the process, please just contact us.