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Joining PPSCN

Becoming a Safe Community

The process to becoming an Accredited Safe Community is a collaborative one, in which PPSCN offer guidance and support – we want everyone to live in a safe community.

You will be assigned a contact person within the PPSCN, from your country who will help you adopt the Safe Community model and assist you throughout the whole process. Your application must demonstrate how you apply the following principles:

  1. Leadership and collaboration focusing on improving safety,
  2. The reach of the programmes,
  3. The safety issues concerning the most vulnerable,
  4. Analysis of current safety data with action plans on improvement,
  5. How the evaluation of the programmes will be conducted, and finally
  6. How the safety initiatives will be communicated and networked throughout the community.

Your contact person will offer feedback on your initial application, including opportunities for improvement and areas you may need to consider. The team of reviewers will review your final application. A certifying officer will visit your community to witness the community safety efforts. A congratulatory ceremony will be conducted because this is great reason for celebration – keeping all citizens safe in your community.

Any questions about the application or the process, please just contact us.

Benefits of Being a Safe Community

A safe community is a real community

An accredited safe community benefits from more than just injury prevention, community safety management systems and crime prevention, they see:

  1. A reduction in the numbers and cost of injuries and violence
  2. A promotion of health and safety in their community
  3. A sense of community pride
  4. People and families to move to their community
  5. A demonstration that they can make difference at a local level
  6. A change perceptions
  7. An improvement in the quality of life for themselves and their community
  8. Lives saved
  9. A decrease in duplication across government departments of all levels and the community
  10. A systematic approach and proven model to allow for gaps and emerging issues to be identified.

Perceptions of community safety, whether they are real or perceived, impact on the way people feel and interact in their community. Community safety is not just about injury prevention and crime prevention; it is about building strong, cohesive, vibrant, participatory communities.

Community-based safety promotion has been nationally and internationally proven as an effective intervention to both promote safety and reduce the injury burden. This is achieved by significant community development and coalition engagement and programmes such as falls prevention, road safety, safety at work, safer public places, water safety and outdoor/sports safety.

For individuals and families

Individuals and families enjoy a sustained quality of life, ongoing participation in work, leisure and educational activities, and preservation of income and assets.

For organisations

The benefits of safety at work and awareness of injury prevention include reduced disruption to operations, increased productivity, retention of valued staff and reduced levies.

For the wider community

The wider community has a lot to gain from having a safer, positive and more productive population, and from less demand being placed on the health care and justice systems due to injury