Safer Communities is a World Health Organisation (WHO) concept that recognizes safety as “a universal concern and a responsibility for all”. This approach to community safety encourages greater cooperation and collaboration between non -government organisations, the business sector, and local and central government. Central Hawkes Bay was designated by the Safe Communities Foundation of New Zealand (SCFNZ) as a Pan Pacific Safe Community on 6th June 2012. The Safer Central Hawkes Bay (Safer CHB) coalition has brought together a diverse group of agencies, organisations and community groups in the district who all working together to improve community safety. Stakeholders bring knowledge and relevant strategies and aligned projects to the table. Safer CHB is council mandated and community owned.
Central Hawke’s Bay was formally reaccredited as an International Safe Community by the Safe Communities Foundation of NZ (SCFNZ) at an official ceremony held on 17th April 2018.
Tania Peters, SCFNZ Director said:
"Safer CHB continues to maintain a high level of engagement with a range of organisations and individual., They work well together and support each other’s efforts in a collaborative working approach” This was evident from reports, meetings and visits to Central Hawke’s Bay over the past six years. Additionally, Central Hawke’s Bay has successfully demonstrated the implementation of community safety promotion initiatives within their hubs of safer homes and safer people. Central Hawke’s Bay has shown a continuous growth model, adapting to emerging issues and injury trends.”
Safe Communities Accreditation is based on the Safe Communities model which is endorsed by the World Health Organisation Safe and internationally recognised as a way to prevent crime and reduce the injury burden. The approach to community safety encourages greater co-operation and collaboration between non-government organisations, the business sector, local and central government agencies. It is a co-ordinated and integrated way of doing business and is process driven and results focused.
Safer CHB achieved Safe Communities (SCNZ) Pan Pacific accreditation in June 2012 with a membership of 25 partner agencies. A Memorandum of Commitment, which provides the framework for agreed on-going commitment to Safer CHB, has been developed and is updated and signed by members annually.
A 3 year strategic plan (2013-2015) developed the Safer CHB Mission Statement "Central Hawkes Bay Whanau are safe" underpinned by the following values: Safety is a fundamental human right; People are at the heart of making communities safer places in which to live, work, learn, travel and play: and Everybody has a responsibility to promote and maintain their safety and the safety of other.
Operationally, the Safer CHB partnership co-ordination sits with Christine Renata, Safe Communities Coordinator at Central Hawkes Bay District Council.
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