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Welcome to the Safe Communities Foundation


Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand (SCFNZ) is a is  a not-for-profit organisation with charitable trust status. A visible national champion in community-based injury prevention and safety promotion.  Through the adoption of the WHO Safe Community approach, it provides an opportunity for all relevant stakeholders to increase action on injury prevention and safety promotion.

The Mission of SCFNZ
Promote, support and inspire communities in New Zealand (and elsewhere, where appropriate) to create safer environments and increase the adoption of safer behaviours through building their capacity to:

  • address and reduce risk factors associated with causes of injuries and crime ;
  • promote safer environments and a positive safety culture.

and, when communities can  demonstrate  they have acquired this capacity, to reinforce commitment by designating them as Safe Communities based on the WHO Safe Communities model.

The Vision of the SCFNZ
A country in which people can enjoy all aspects of their lives free from the fear, cost and pain of preventable injury and crime.

The Principles of SCFNZ

  • Safety is a fundamental human right
  • Safety is a shared responsibility
  • Safety is an attainable aspiration


What we want to achieve

The  key objectives for SCFNZ are:

1.       Reduce New Zealand’s injury toll and increase the adoption of safety behaviours through strengthening  the capacity of all existing New Zealand accredited Safe Communities to improve the:

a.       Effectiveness of local Safe Community coalitions.

b.       Reach of effective community safety programme delivery.

c.       Building of effective Safe Community networks at local, regional, and national levels

d.       Longevity of the positive effects of community safety programmes.

2.       To increase the number of designated Safe Communities in NZ to 32 and increases the proportion of people living in an accredited Safe Community.

3.       Maintain the number and proportion of people living in an accredited Safe Community through the re-designation of existing Safe Communities.

4.       The application of the results based accountability framework to measure performance and to examine the contribution of the accredited safe community network to population indicators.

5.       To establish a process for the sustainable operation of the Safe Community movement within New Zealand.

6.     As the visible national champion for Safe Communities to continue to work collaboratively with the Pan Pacific Network, International Safe Community Movement, the World Health Organization Violence and Injury Prevention Division, other Safe Community Networks and other relevant safety organisation.

International Safe Community Support Centre of the WHO Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion

Accrediting Centre of the  Pan Pacific Safe Community Network

WEBINARS - Pan Pacific Safe Community Network

Last modified 2014-09-17 09:52 PM