Many people and organizations worldwide already invest energy and resources into the goals of safe communities. The concept of a Safe Community recognizes that no single approach to injury prevention and safety promotion can be as effective as collaboration among community organizations and community members. The concept of a Safe Community recognizes that the leading role is played by the community itself, an entity that is larger than any of its parts.
Communities that can document a systematic approach to defining local injury prevention and safety issues, a collaborative process to address them, and a commitment to evaluate the effectiveness of their efforts are eligible to be designated as a Safe Community by the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre on Community Safety Promotion.
In addition to the established international network of Safe Communities, regional networks facilitate further collaboration and cooperation among the Safe Communities members within their regions. The Pan-Pacific Safe Community Network (PPSCN) functions as a distinct body within the International Safe Communities movement, addressing the unique needs and issues of its members while furthering the network’s cooperation at the international level. Membership is comprised of communities from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.
The PPSCN was created in 2011 under the direction of the Coordinating Committee. Its current membership includes over 100 communities, in addition to Affiliate and Certifying Centers. For more information, visit ppscn.org regarding its mission, members, resources and other issues of interest.
Members of the Pan-Pacific Safe Communities Network
Australian Safe Communities Foundation
National Safety Council / Safe Communities America
Safe Communities Canada
Safe Communities Foundation New Zealand