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History

Since SCFNZ inception there has been exponential growth of Safe Communities within NZ, with 2 out of every 3 New Zealanders living in an accredited Safe Community.


Activity Reports:

July 2019 to June 2020

July 2018 to June 2019

July 2017 to June 2018
July 2016 to June 2017
July 2015 to June 2016

Brief History

The driving philosophy of the ‘Safe Communities’ movement, established in Sweden in the 1980s, is to promote a culture of safety, and to prevent injuries in all areas, for all ages, in all environments and situations, involving government, non-government and community sectors. The Safe Communities concept was originally launched as an official World Health Organisation (WHO) term in their General Program in the end of the 1980’s. The co-operation between WHO and the Safe Community Movement started in 1986 and began its formal existence at the First World Conference on Accident and Injury Prevention held in Stockholm, Sweden in September 1989. In the Manifesto for Safe Communities, the resolution of the conference 1989 stated that the International Safe Community movement should work with “WHO Health for all” as a vision. The ground pillars in the Stockholm manifesto are:

  • All human beings have an equal right to health and safety
  • Accident and injury prevention requires coordinated action by many groups
  • Health sector have a crucial role in collecting information on injured people, injury patterns, causes of injuries and hazard situations
  • Local programs must include all citizens and focus on the most vulnerable
  • Evaluation both of the process and outcome of a safety promotion program is important
  • An international development work for safe communities is necessary

Brief History Safe Communities in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • In 1995 the NZ Public Health Commission and ACC worked in partnership to pilot the 'safe communities' model in Aotearoa NZ as part of the NZ Community Injury Prevention Programme (CIPP).Waitakere and Waimakariri were the two communities to achieve Safe Communities accreditation in 1999 as part of the CIPP programme.
  • The high costs, associated with accreditations being undertaken by representatives from Europe, highlighted the need to establish Safe Communities Foundations responsible for accrediting Safe Communities within their own countries.
  • In 2004 the New Zealand Injury Prevention Strategy (NZIPS) Secretariat and ACC assisted with the establishment of the SCFNZ to support the development and accreditation of Safe Communities. SCFNZ is the only entity within Aotearoa New Zealand that is able to assess and confer Safe Communities accreditation status to communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. It was established to specifically support communities become effective advocates and enablers of injury and violence prevention at community level, working with with the existing and new community coalitions to increase well-being through growing and strengthen community safety activities, to create safer environments, and increase the adoption of safer behaviours.
  • SCFNZ is a non-government organisation with charitable trust status, and is a Safe Community Support and Accrediting Centre of the Pan Pacific Safe Community Network (PPSCN). SCFNZ adopts both public health and community development principles in its approach to increasing well-being through safety promotion, injury and violence prevention. SCFNZ also aligns to the theory of Injury Prevention as Social Change (McClure RJ, et al. Inj Prev June 2016 Vol 22 No 3, see webinar) reframing injury prevention at the population level through a systemic approach.
  • 2010 Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network is established to further support Safe Communities. SCFNZ supports and encourages community governance groups to build safety capacity and achieve recognition as Pan Pacific Accredited Safe Communities.Since inception there has been exponential growth of Safe Communities within Aotearoa New Zealand.