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Our Vision

That all people in their communities can live, work and learn to play safely, free from preventable injury and violence.

Our Mission

Build and maintain a network of Safe Communities that are committed to and actively engaged in creating safer environments and safer behaviours.



The Safe Community Model

The Safe Community model is an internationally recognised, evidence-based best practice model for addressing community safety issues at the local level. The underlying philosophy of the Safe Community movement, established in Sweden in the 1980's  is to prevent injuries in all areas, for all ages, in all environments and situations, invoking government, non-government and community sector support. Essential themes of the model are to reduce injury and promote safety and well-being for all citizens in a community. The concept is characterised by the following core criteria: collaborative governance, program reach, priority setting, evaluation, communication and networking.

Development of PPSCN

The ‘Safe Communities’ Foundations of Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States united to form the Pan Pacific Safe Communities Network (PPSCN), with the goal of addressing safety issues at a local level and improve the implementation of effective injury/violence prevention and safety  promotion practices within the many communities of their nations. This global alliance strengthens the practice in the respective individual countries to allow for greater cooperation and  build safety capacity.

  • 2010 – PPSCN established
  • 2011- Initial Coordinating Committee established
  • 2011- Website developed
  • 2011 – Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – service level agreements
  • 2012- Face to face meeting at Safety 2012
  • 2013 – PPSCN NGO/ PPSCN Rules of Association
  • 2014- Engaged in process for official relations with WHO
  • 2015 - Election of Board
  • 2015 -First Annual General Meeting, WHO 6 monthly reporting established
  • 2016 - Joint presentation at World Safety Conference 2016,  Communication strategy developed
  • 2017- Communication strategy finalised, Canada orientates focus to national Community Safety collaboration
  • 2018- Face to face meeting between WHO Violence and Injury Prevention and the PPSCN


WHO views the Safe Communities approach as an important means of delivering evidence-based violence and injury prevention strategies at the local level. PPSCN recommends World Health Organization (WHO)  Department of Noncommunicable Disease, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention best practice guidelines, resources and short courses on violence and injury prevention.

To find out more in becoming a Safe Community visit here or contact a PPSCN support organisation.